27 October 2011

Numara Software Acquires Fromdistance, Leading Provider of Mobile Device Management Solutions

First Company to Deliver Service Management, Endpoint Lifecycle Management and Mobile Device Management Solutions Via the Cloud

Numara® Software, Inc., a global leader in service management and PC lifecycle management solutions for IT professionals, today announced that it has acquired mobile device management leader Fromdistance, enabling Numara to provide customers with solutions to manage and secure mobile devices across all of the major mobile operating systems. The acquisition strategically positions Numara with core mobile device management capabilities that will be integrated into its robust service and asset management solutions already providing medium to large enterprises with a comprehensive solution to track, manage, remediate and retire all endpoint devices whether they are servers, desktops, laptops, tablets or smartphones.

“With the acquisition of Fromdistance we are excited by the opportunity to merge leading edge mobile device management technology with our service, asset and lifecycle management solutions,” said Dave Hansen, Numara CEO. “We are now steps ahead of our competitors, as the only company that can unite the management of any device, whether it is traditional, mobile, physical or virtual.”

“Managing the plethora of mobile devices in the enterprise has emerged as one of IT’s biggest operational challenges,” said Matt Dircks, vice president of products at Numara. “Effectively solving this challenge requires an integrated solution for managing and controlling all endpoint devices, including mobile devices through their lifecycle. With the Fromdistance acquisition Numara will be the only company providing a single, integrated management context across any device, be it traditional desktop, laptop computers or mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets.”

Fromdistance has been identified by Gartner as a strong niche player in its April 2011 Magic Quadrant for mobile device management software. The acquisition will not only benefit existing Numara customers, but will also benefit Fromdistance customers and partners. This strategy ultimately empowers companies to reap the benefits of consolidated endpoint management, whether they are physical, virtual or mobile. IT will be able to manage their mobile estate, whether personal or corporate and leverage its central service management and lifecycle management processes and policies.

Jouko Vierumäki, CEO and founder of Fromdistance, will assume a leadership role in Numara’s product group where he and his team will also continue working with existing Fromdistance customers. The terms of the acquisition were not revealed.

“We are very excited to join the Numara Software team,” said Vierumäki. “Strategically, incorporating our mature mobile device management technology into a broader IT operations management solution is critical. You will see other vendors follow, but Numara’s strategy is leading the way. This is a very logical next step for us and one that will have great benefit to our respective customers.”

Numara’s newly acquired mobile device management solutions are easily re-branded and able to integrate into any IT environment, making them well suited to be leveraged by MSPs, systems integrators, carriers and operators.

About Numara® Software Incorporated
Founded in 1991, Numara® Software Inc. is a leading provider of integrated IT management solutions for all types of customers worldwide. These solutions include Desktop Management, PC Lifecycle Management, Security & Compliance, Help Desk and Service Desk, and are designed to optimize the operation of IT management. Numara® FootPrints® focuses on the needs of medium to large enterprises, and Numara® Track-It!® is designed for small to medium enterprises. These products collectively support more than 50,000 customer sites.

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