Change happens fast in mobile—here's a few from last week you might have missed.
Samsung Electronics has entered into an agreement to acquire SmartThings—creator of an open platform for the consumer Internet of Things that supports a growing ecosystem of developers who are producing new types of connected devices and apps in the cloud.
"Connected devices have long been strategically important to Samsung. Like SmartThings and its team, we want to improve the convenience and services in people's lives by giving their devices and apps a voice so they can interact more easily with them. We are committed to maintaining SmartThings' open platform, fostering more growth, and becoming its newest strategic partner," said David Eun, Head of the Samsung Open Innovation Center (OIC).
SmartThings will continue to operate independently under founder and CEO Alex Hawkinson, and will become part of the Samsung OIC—which is responsible for bringing software and services innovation to Samsung Electronics.
"As an open, standards-agnostic platform for the Internet of Things, our vision has always been to innovate, build, and make the world smarter, together," said Alex Hawkinson. "With Samsung behind us, we will be able to attract more device makers and developers to unlock the limitless possibilities of the consumer Internet of Things."
Cisco Systems Inc. will cut 6,000 jobs in a restructuring. This is the fourth reduction in four years according to Reuters. The company reported flat revenue for Q4. Full details and analysis on Bloomberg.com where CEO John Chambers reviewed the business.
Intel will purchase LSI’s Axxia Networking Business and related assets from Avago. "This acquisition puts us in a better position to provide a complete product portfolio for our customers and to continue to enable service providers to create networks that are more intelligent, efficient and cost-effective and to deploy new services faster," according to Intel.
IBM has acquired the business operations of Lighthouse Security Group, LLC, a cloud security services provider. Lighthouse Security Group's Gateway platform protects identity and data in an increasingly complex IT environment where more company information is being stored in the cloud and accessed from mobile devices. The solution will be integrated into IBM's managed security services offering.
"Business models are rapidly evolving as employees conduct more of their work offsite. Protecting this data and who has access to it has become a challenge, costing our clients time and money." said Kris Lovejoy, General Manager, IBM Security Services. "With this acquisition, IBM provides an identity and access management offering that combines software and analytics technology with expert managed services that make it easy for businesses to tackle the complexities of security in this new digital world."
CA Technologies has appointed Ian Yip as senior solution strategist, where he will be responsible for the company's security business across the northern region of ANZ. He will also be charged with growing the division, advising organizations on industry trends and working closely with stakeholders on ensuring their security strategies are aligned with business objectives.
"We have many well-known, large customers deploying our security solutions to enable and protect their business in this new world. Ian's experience positions him well to further cultivate and grow these relationships. We are very pleased to welcome him to the team," said Vic Mankotia, vice president, Solution Sales, CA Technologies Asia Pacific and Japan.
Yip has worked with organizations worldwide to strategize, architect and implement IT security solutions, particularly in the areas of identity and access management, data security, IT governance, risk and compliance, and mobile and cloud security.
Before joining CA Technologies, he has held a variety of leadership, sales, marketing and consulting roles in both Europe and Australia in IT companies including NetIQ and IBM. At NetIQ, he was the APJ Product and Business Manager responsible for business development, product management and product marketing in the Asia-Pacific region.