Tangoe acquires MOBI, combining telecom expense management and managed mobility services

Tangoe, MOBI, TEM, and MMS are all at the front lines of enterprise mobility, so we can learn a lot from them.

Tangoe, the telecom expense management (TEM) vendor, today announced the acquisition of MOBI Wireless Management, a management mobility services (MMS) vendor. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

We may not write about these companies and topics too often, but regardless, they’re directly related to enterprise mobility management. TEM and EMM go hand in hand, as EMM can provide visibility into devices, as well as the levers to pull for expense management on the device. And MMS is literally at the front lines of enterprise mobility. It follows that combining TEM and MMS makes a lot of sense, too.

I’ve spent a lot of time talking to super knowledgeable folks at both of these companies, on topics ranging from BYOD and BlackBerry migrations to the future of 5G and IoT. (So I also want to give a shout out and thank you to both teams for the insights!)

Tangoe has been around since 2000, raised a total of $243 million in funding, went public in 2011, and then was acquired by a private equity firm in 2017, when it was combined with another telecom management company. Tangoe has some of its own existing MMS capabilities, and they were also offering EMM, but it wasn’t their biggest area of focus.

I last wrote about Tangoe back in 2016, when they positioned the Google Nexus as an enterprise-oriented Android device. I really liked the idea, as Nexus phones have good hardware, get reliable security and OS updates, supported Android Enterprise early on, and don’t have bloatware.

MOBI was founded in 2009, and had $35 million in funding. They partnered with multiple EMM providers to do the actual device and app management. Back in they day, I spent a lot of time talking with MOBI about how they did BlackBerry migrations, got Apple automated device enrollment (DEP) running, and dealt with bringing BYOD into the fold

The last time I spoke to Josh Garrett, the president and co-founder of MOBI, we chatted about all the possibilities with Windows 10 Modern Management, so I’ll be curious to see what Tangoe does with that next—as cellular-connected laptops become more mainstream and more like mobile devices, concepts like laptops as a service will get more interesting.

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