Motorola to Acquire Good Technology

Good TechnologyMotorola and Good Technology today announced that the companies have signed a definitive agreement under which Motorola will acquire privately held Good Technology, a leader in enterprise mobile computing software and service. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Motorola said in a statement today that Good Technology is a strategic addition to Motorola’s Mobile Devices business. The acquisition will extend Motorola’s mobile computing capabilities and increase the company’s enterprise client base. Good Technology’s wireless messaging, data access and handheld security offerings provide intuitive and advanced productivity solutions for mobile professionals with enterprise-level device security and management.

Motorola will build upon Good Technology’s customer and carrier relationships by maintaining its multi-device strategy. Good Technology’s software and service offerings have been chosen by more than 12,000 enterprises around the world. In addition, Good Technology’s highly reliable, secure connectivity platform offers the potential to power applications beyond email while extending to customers beyond the enterprise.

“The addition of Good Technology will advance Motorola’s vision of seamless mobility,” said Ron Garriques, president, Motorola Mobile Devices business. “Good Technology’s solutions, talent and customers complement Motorola’s business and extend our ability to deliver compelling products and services to enterprise customers. Good Technology’s software and managed service deliver a rich user experience, low cost of ownership, industry-leading security and enterprise-class support. These competitive differentiators have led many enterprise customers to choose Good Technology. This acquisition will continue to strengthen Motorola as a leading provider of mobility devices and solutions both for enterprise customers and consumers.”

“This is an exciting milestone for our company, and we look forward to scaling our growth as part of Motorola,” said Danny Shader, chief executive officer and president of Good Technology. “Motorola’s global reach, scale, widely recognized brand and worldwide carrier and customer relationships make it the ideal partner for Good Technology. Our combined teams will create exciting growth opportunities for Good Technology, our customers and our employees. We look forward to working with the Motorola team to ensure a rapid and seamless transition.”

Motorola has an existing business relationship with Good Technology using Good Mobile Messaging on the Motorola Q.

Good has also been a strong supporter of the Palm OS and Treo line over the years and Treo solutions are a large part of the companies business. The Goodlink messaging suite is popular among enterprise customers as push email messaging system and mobile device security and management for both Palm OS and Windows Mobile Treo smartphones.

The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory and other customary conditions, is expected to close in early 2007.

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Motorola to Acquire Good Technology

joad @ 11/10/2006 7:41:14 PM # Q
It's about time Motorola acquired good technology.

RE: Motorola to Acquire Good Technology
hoodoo @ 11/10/2006 8:44:16 PM # Q

And when will NTP be filing their lawsuit against MOT/Good? Lots more cash available now :)

RE: Motorola to Acquire Good Technology
PadOPaper @ 11/10/2006 9:18:20 PM # Q
Good already licensed the technology from NTP

Who needs expensive gadgets, give me a pencil and some post-its. Added benefit, perfect handwriting recognition.

RE: Motorola to Acquire Good Technology
Wollombi @ 11/11/2006 7:32:59 PM # Q
Yeah, I couldn't remember if NPT had already done their shakedown routine on Good. If they hadn't, I figured it was Good's way of hedging their bets. Moto likely has an outstanding legal team and definitely has the money to outlast NPT in a drawn out case. Meanwhile, Moto finally gets some good development in-house, which it desperately needs. So a win-win for the two companies.

Having licensed from NPT, though, I'm not sure what the motivation on Good's part is. Maybe Moto will choose to tell NPT to piss off once the merger is complete.


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RE: Motorola to Acquire Good Technology
hoodoo @ 11/13/2006 9:06:09 AM # Q
Well it still doesn't explain NTP's suing Palm.

If Palm can licence Good and Blackberry Connect software and then still get sued by NTP, even though the RIM agreement covers Connect partners, and many of the patents have already been invalidated, by the same logic, Moto is at risk for manufacturing hardware in the same vein as Palm. regardless of Moto's resources, the settlements have been for outrageous amounts of cash.

RE: Motorola to Acquire Good Technology
PadOPaper @ 11/14/2006 11:27:09 PM # Q
Yeah it'll be interesting to see what NTP argues. One would assume that it must be something to do with VersaMail since the other solutions are 3rd party ones that NTP could go after directly. It doesn't make any sense that using the standard POP and IMAP protocols that every email client under the sun, wireless and otherwise, have been using for many many years.

Hopefully if it does go that direction NTP will get tossed out of court on their heads.

RE: Motorola to Acquire Everyone
SeldomVisitor @ 11/15/2006 6:16:28 AM # Q
Motorola apparently is on a buying spree. Now Netopia.

It'll be very interesting to watch where this is going...

[no, I'm not of the belief that PALM is a MOT target, but stranger things have happened - like MOT trying to buy PSRC]

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