Extreme Makeover, Wireless Edition
Restructuring your wireless service arrangements following a reorganization or downsizing
Kevin DiLallo and Ben Fox
Corporate reorganizations are becoming almost commonplace in this difficult economic climate. Even the largest, most storied institutions are finding themselves parties to mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and downsizings they probably didn’t envision as recently as three months ago, much less when they negotiated their last round of wireless service and equipment deals.
And while a reorganizing company’s contractual commitments for wireless service are little more than a drop in the proverbial bucket when compared with its other challenges, those contracts still must be managed to ensure that the new entity will have the services and devices it needs at the lowest possible cost.
For telecom and IT managers of companies in the throes of a reorganization, unraveling and re-organizing relationships with wireless providers to fit a company’s new circumstances can not only be a source of unplanned costs and headaches, it can also prove to be a logistical nightmare.
In this article, we offer pointers to help make the process run more smoothly, eliminate waste and inefficiencies, and turn the exercise into an opportunity to reduce the enterprise’s wireless costs relative to those of its predecessor(s)-in-interest.