Margot Wall, Managing Consultant –
Recent moves by the European Community (EC) have opened up the competitive landscape and created opportunities for global enterprises to consolidate network operations in EC countries. Mobile operations are especially promising, and we’re seeing a number of client organizations move forward with plans to consolidate and rationalize plans from multiple carriers.
At the same time, other enterprises appear to be content to wait until their existing mobile contracts expire before taking advantage of these emerging market opportunities. That would be a mistake. The time to start a consolidation initiative is now, even for organizations with a number of contracts still in force.
Consider: With multiple countries and multiple in-country teams, and with at least one provider in each country, getting a consolidation deal to market – and then getting to contract – both take longer than you might expect. If you wait between 6 and 18 months to go to market, by the time you’re done with the project another 8 to 18 months has gone by – and now your rates are more than three years old.
However, by going to market now, by the time you’ve signed new contracts the old agreements you were waiting on to expire are ready to migrate to the new deal, instead of sitting at the old rates. Bottom line – you save money sooner.
We’ll be discussing network and telecom issues, contracting strategies and the European marketplace at the 2015 Alsbridge European Vendor Summit, to be held May 19th in London.