AppSense Acquires Mobile IT Company RAPsphere

By Jessica Binns, Contributing Editor — May 08, 2012

AppSense, a people-centric computing company, announced the intent to acquire RAPsphere, a mobile IT firm developing mobile information management solutions enabling CIOs to contend with BYOD in the enterprise and the critical need to protect corporate applications and data on mobile devices.

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close within the quarter. This will be the first acquisition made by AppSense and will expand the application of user virtualization across the mobile enterprise. The move will advance efforts to further establish greater controls and IT management of enterprise users who, whether enterprise IT consents or is even aware, are choosing how and where they want to work. RAPsphere delivers on the AppSense vision to enable enterprise consumerization through people-centric computing.

"Today, CIO's are seeking a simplified management of corporate data and applications regardless of which mobile end points or desktops users choose," said Sachin Kundra, CIO of Chevron Federal Credit Union. "We have been independently working with both AppSense and RAPsphere to better understand people-centric computing and accelerate BYOD initiatives. Ultimately, our goal is to empower our employees with the freedom to choose when and where they work, and on their device of choice while always maintaining the highest standards of security and compliance. The integration of these two companies will significantly accelerate and bring us that much closer to achieving that objective."

RAPsphere, a Redwood City, Calif.-based start-up, was co-founded by Ravi Khatod, Ajay Arora and Prakash Linga. Upon the closing of the transaction, all employees will join the company and continue the development of cutting-edge mobile technology that will be part of the AppSense user virtualization portfolio. Mobile IT is an area of development that is inherent to the needs of organizations addressing the impact of enterprise consumerization.

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