Opinion by Jack Gold

The wider implications of IBM's mobile buying spree

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Consolidation will dominate the mobile market over the next couple of years. If your enterprise is using mobile technology from a small company, expect to have to upgrade.

IBM's announcement that it is acquiring FiberLink MaaS360 -- a company that provides a cloud-based mobile-as-a-service management and security capability to some significant enterprise customers -- is just the latest indication of seismic changes in the mobile market that have much broader implications for nearly all enterprises.

Over the past 18 months, IBM has been buying up mobile-oriented companies -- Worklight (mobile app platform), UrbanCode (app development), Trusteer (fraud detection/security). This is being done to supplement its own products (such as Endpoint Manager, Security Access Manager, Connection Manager, and of course its major infrastructure platform, WebSphere). The acquisition spree and its own homegrown products have put IBM high on the list of most capable enterprise mobile infrastructure providers, although much integration work still needs to be done to make MobileFirst a seamless offering.

So what are the broader implications of this acquisition?

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