Living In the Past: Part 2 – No more spreadsheets

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” 
Albert Einstein

As we discussed in Part One of “Living in the Past”, businesses should strive to keep an eye out for new tools and technology that can make their jobs easier.  And I don’t mean easier as in “I get to leave for the golf course half an hour early”, I mean easier like “We saved 30% of our telecom spend over last year, because now we can actually SEE what we’re doing”.   Most likely that Excel spreadsheet you’ve been using to manage your telecom expenses and wireless inventory isn’t doing anything more for you now than it was five years ago.  Albert would tell you that it’s time to move on…

So you ask me, “If I ditch my spreadsheet, how am I supposed to keep track of all this stuff?”.  Remember hearing about SalesForce.com, this great tool that is delivered via the web, and accessible from anywhere?   Well, guess what.   That technology is available fortelecom expense management too.  Via TEM software-as-a-service platforms, you can upgrade from spreadsheets to a fully functional, easy-to-learn TEM solution that allows you to view telecom inventory, track telecom invoices, manage telecom vendor relationships, get a handle on order change management and optimize your wireless spend…  The options are as deep as you want to go.

Imagine having a customizable dashboard that can display widgets showing exactly the data YOU want to see.  You can even pull them out to use when you have to present to your managers or company board, or if you’re a consultant, to your client.  Gain efficiency by keeping all your data in one place, and gain flexibility through users with various levels of access, so they only see what they need to see.

Streamlining like this can save a ton of time, and as we all know (Without Einstein even having to tell us!)  Time = Money.   And that’s really the only equation you need to know.