New Jersey-based telecom software firm Tangoe, which acquired Zionsville-based Mobi Wireless Management LLC in late 2018, announced this week that it is moving its headquarters to Indianapolis, where it already has its largest U.S. office.
With 180 employees in central Indiana, Tangoe officials said the firm’s central Indiana outpost has become even more important than first imagined by the global firm.
As Tangoe officials began to discuss the location of its headquarters earlier this year, Chief Strategy Officer Josh Garrett said Indianapolis was an easy choice.
“The access to talent and support from the local and state government, and the cost of doing business in central Indiana boosted our decision to relocate; it just makes a lot of business sense,” said Garrett, who founded Mobi. “While we have many talented employees around the globe, having a centralized location with a critical mass of educated employees becomes a differentiator for us.”
Indiana’s business climate and the tech ecosystem were also factors, he added.
However, it’s not clear what impact—in terms of staffing—designating the central Indiana office its headquarters will have. In an email, Tangoe officials did not address that question.
Tangoe CEO James Parker said the pandemic also helped shape the decision to move.
“The pandemic helped to reshape our thinking in terms of employees needing to be in an office,” Parker said. “Like many companies, the majority of our global population transitioned to work from home in March 2020 and we found that our productivity, our service and our commitments to our customers remains as strong as ever. This made us rethink our physical footprint.
“We decided to close four of our five U.S. offices. Indianapolis is our largest U.S. facility—and the third largest globally—and it is also where our call center and logistics teams are. We are looking forward to returning to the office, hopefully in Q3.”
Parker said he expects a lot of Tangoe activity in Indianapolis.
“We hope that Indy becomes our collaboration hub where teams from around the world can come together and innovate,” Parker said. “Being centrally located in the states makes it a great place to pull geographically dispersed teams together. I absolutely believe that Tangoe is on a path to growth and as we grow we will add resources wherever is the most beneficial to the business. We will see what the future holds. I haven’t been to the office yet, and am looking forward to it.”
Since acquiring Mobi, the company has grown to serve more than 1,000 customers, and its workforce has grown from about 315 to about 1,400 located across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.