Good Technology Signs Agreement to Acquire AppCentral, Inc.
October 2012 by Emmanuelle Lamandé
Good Technology™ announced it has signed an agreement to acquire AppCentral Inc., a privately-held innovator in Mobile Application Management (“MAM”) and application ‘wrapping’ technology. AppCentral products allow enterprises to distribute, manage, and secure mobile enterprise applications. The transaction will extend the capabilities of the Good Dynamics platform with AppCentral’s AppGuardian® application wrapping and AppCentral® Mobile Application Management solutions. These additional solutions will enable enterprises to increase mobile worker productivity while protecting data and applications on today’s popular mobile devices. The financial terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed.
“Our goal is to help make it easy for our customers to securely mobilize and empower their workforces with a wide range of devices and productivity applications,” said King Lee, president and CEO, Good Technology. “Our acquisition of AppCentral will accelerate and enhance our ability to provide enterprises, ISVs and systems integrators with the ability to secure and manage mobile apps, helping them maximize the power of mobility.”
The combination of AppCentral’s enterprise app storefront and ‘app wrapping’ capabilities with the Good Dynamics platform will deliver the scalability and control needed to manage mobile apps across iOS, Android, and Windows devices.
AppCentral’s ‘app wrapping’ capability builds upon the application security framework, libraries and services available in the Good Dynamics platform. With the addition of AppCentral, Good Dynamics, provides enterprise developers and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) with the option to either add an application security ‘wrapper’ without code integration, or integrate Good Dynamics security libraries directly into their application code. While both approaches provide enterprise-grade application security, code integration delivers additional benefits, such as enabling developers to define app-specific policies (e.g. controlling file access in collaboration apps based on size, type, or other attributes) and to publish app services that multiple apps can utilize without having to duplicate code across every app (e.g. “directory lookup”, “search”, etc.).
The transaction closed on October 1, 2012. Effective immediately, all AppCentral personnel will become full-time employees of Good Technology and the AppCentral headquarters in San Francisco, California will become a Good Technology office.