On December 5, 2018, Tangoe acquired MOBI, the leading managed mobility services company.
On paper, this acquisition made perfect sense for both organizations: For Tangoe, it provided its clients with the immediate benefit of access to the most powerful MMS solution available. For MOBI, it allowed them to bring their award-winning solutions to the global marketplace. Additionally, MOBI’s technology supports Tangoe’s overarching goal: To help customers work smarter every day by making technology work for them.
There’s been much excitement among our employees, as Tangoe and MOBI work together toward achieving true integration. It has created tremendous opportunity for the collective business—and our employees recognize this. However, there’s also been anxiety and uncertainty associated with the acquisition. Change is difficult, and fear is often a product of change. It’s human nature.
In many ways, this acquisition—this coming together of two organizations—was the impetus for this podcast. It was an opportunity for Tangoe to pause, hit the reset button – and move forward supporting all efforts needed to facilitate integration between MOBI and Tangoe.
As a fairly new employee, Tangoe’s end-goal is clear to me: To serve our purpose, to stay true to our vision, and to deliver on our mission. Our purpose is to help organizations work smarter by leveraging technology that solves their TEM and MMS problems. Our vision is to become the global standard for America’s greatest brands. And our mission is to help our customers grow their bottom line.
However, the real success of Tangoe, I believe, is ultimately dependent upon human relationships—of course between the organization and its customers—but more importantly, between the relationships of its own employees. Fortunately, we are now led by an executive team that behaves in a manner consistent with our core values: integrity, excellence, selflessness, and courage. Still, Tangoe recognizes that it cannot build a great company without great culture. We also recognize that culture is organic, personal, and not something that can be fabricated.
So how does Tangoe—a global organization with over 2,200 employees in 11 countries across ten time zones, which has acquired several companies throughout its nearly 20-year history—maintain, nurture, and/or alter its collective company culture? Before answering that, an organization must first discover its company culture as it currently exists—without judgement. And that’s precisely what our new podcast and companion blog series intends to do.
This post is the first installment of our blog series and our upcoming podcast What is Culture? My name is Rocco Lungariello, and I will be the host and writer for this new project. Throughout the podcast, I will conduct interviews with Tangoe employees from across the globe in a wide-range of positions. I will also speak with industry analysts, Tangoe clients, and other professionals who have relationships with our organization.
The Goal of this Podcast
The goal of this podcast and its companion blog series is to rediscover Tangoe’s culture. What it means. What has shaped it, and what we are doing collectively as an organization to make Tangoe a place all its employees can be proud to work.
Although I’m the host, I’m the least important component of the show. The people I interview are the stars. I want to give them a voice. I want to listen. I want to learn from them. I want you to learn from them. I want the interviewees to learn about themselves. And all of this can be accomplished by asking pointed and honest questions that look to rediscover Tangoe’s collective culture.
I can say Tangoe is no longer “turning the corner.” That turn has been taken. Now, we’re progressing forward. We’re coming together as people, as human beings–working together for the good of each other–fully aware that it’s the key to our future and to our collective success.
Check out our trailer below.
Episode #1: Taking Ownership is Now Available!
Guest: Shaun McGrath, Sales Development Manager | Shelton, CT
As a Sales Development Manager for nearly three years at Tangoe, Shaun manages a team of Sales Development Reps who all work to uncover new business opportunities. In this candid conversation, Shaun discusses how middle management should play a critical role in truly leading and nurturing a positive culture.