Sorry, I couldn’t resist the gaming theme for today, as I’m sitting in Las Vegas at the WBENC 2011 Annual Supplier Diversity Conference at Mandalay Bay. Well, I’m sitting in a trade show hall, versus sitting by the pool, which is where I’d rather be. And where my husband probably is. He better go win me some money at craps later today to make up for that. Mama needs a new pair of shoes….
But with all the hubbub of Sin City around me, it does bring to mind the fact that a lot of clients – before they found us, that is – were really gambling with their telecom budget. Sounds corny, I know, but it’s true. Gambling is inherently risky for two reasons. One, sometimes you don’t don’t know how to play the game, and Two – “The House Always Wins”.
Craps is a fine example. It’s complex and takes awhile to learn, but the odds are pretty good – IF you know how to play. That’s my husband’s favorite game. But then he is a Mathematician, so calculating odds while drinking beer isn’t a stretch for him like it is for the rest of us. But we watch a lot of people lose a lot of money – fast – while playing, since they don’t understand the nuances of the game. Rather like trying to manage a huge telecom budget when you’re really a CFO or an IT Manager or someone who has great skills – in doing something else.
Craps is only one example, but we all know that pretty much EVERY game in Vegas is designed with one thing in mind. The House wins, and You Lose. They don’t build those palatial casinos without presuming a pretty solid ROI. The problem is that you’re financing it. And I can assure you that the telecom carriers are built with the same idea in mind.
That’s where Valicom comes in. We know how to play the game. We also know how to balance the scales in an environment where the game is so clearly rigged to favor the telecom vendors and service carriers. I read a stat somewhere that said almost 90% of telecom invoice errors are in favor of the vendor. Gee, why doesn’t that surprise me.
So if you are ready to get serious about savings money on your voice, wireless and data – without the gambling part – then give us a call. We’ll give you our best people, and make sure that the House doesn’t win any more of your telecom money…..