Telstra acquires MSC Mobility for greater enterprise mobile push
First it was app development firm Readify; now Australian telco Telstra has announced the acquisition of enterprise mobility software provider MSC Mobility, with the transaction set to close in the coming weeks.
MSC offers a managed mobility service and is a founding partner of the Global Enterprise Mobility Alliance (GEMA), as well as partnering with AirWatch and MobileIron, whose software comprises part of the company’s enterprise mobility management (EMM) platform.
Prior to the acquisition, MSC had been Telstra’s leading enterprise mobility partner for the past 10 years. Telstra says the move will help its customers drive better business outcomes by building on the existing partner relationship and providing greater reporting and analytics capabilities.
“This acquisition is an investment capturing the fastest growing segment of the enterprise mobility market; managing the supply of apps, content and mobile services to enterprises,” said Michelle Bendschneider, Telstra executive director of global products.
“To achieve our growth aspirations in enterprise mobility, we need to develop our customer relationships from a holistic mobility view, rather than just what sits on their device or tablet. By acquiring MSC we can now work with a customer’s entire enterprise mobility experience and can manage it through one unified platform. This provides Telstra with an enhanced offering in the market and a seamless experience for our customers,” Bendschneider added.
“This is a great fit for our people and we are really excited by the opportunity to be part of Telstra’s strategic plan,” said Leuk Andersen, MSC Mobility managing director. “Together we’ll have powerful capabilities in device and mobile applications management, security, IoT, machine to machine, and asset tracking.”
Earlier in July, Telstra announced the acquisition of Readify, an enterprise application development platform provider with a distinctive Microsoft beat, supporting Azure cloud, SharePoint, and Office 365 among others. In a whitepaper released last month analyst house CCS Insight, in combination with Red Hat, mused on how mobile operators can make moves in the enterprise mobility space where in other spheres – such as cloud – they had gotten there too late.
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