Huawei is a big name in the headlines right now. The Chinese tech company seems to be in hot water over a number of allegations. Whatever the future holds, it’s clear that their international deals are going to suffer for at least a while. Since you’re going to continue to hear about Huawei for some time, maybe it’s worth a little investigation. What exactly went wrong for Huawei, and what can you learn from it?
Redundant lines, carrier overcharges and a myriad of other issues crop up in the course of managing a company's telecom costs. It's one area where there's always money that can be saved if you have the time and manpower to track it down. Many companies don't. Here are a few big-ticket items to keep an eye on if you want to save money, and it won't take you months to realize savings.
If your company isn't tracking all mobile devices, you may be overcharged by your providers. When employees leave, devices should be accounted for and the lines and devices reassigned or canceled. That way, you don't get charged for services you aren't using. Unfortunately, it doesn't take long for these bills to get out of hand. Luckily, there's a category of software that can help your IT staff manage the process easily.
So, what’s the difference between mobile expense management (MEM) and mobile device management (MDM)?
The use of telecom expense management (TEM) has become increasingly popular over the past two decades. Organizations are seeing time and time again that managing telecom expenses is a key driver in being able to save thousands of dollars each year. Even a single employee who is abusing telecom practices can cost an organization a substantial amount of money. With TEM, it becomes possible to pinpoint employee abuse of mobile services as well as to identify telecom billing errors.
Automation can be of the utmost value to mobility management. Using a solid, integrated approach, the automation features and benefits can be enjoyed by users across a variety of platforms and applications regardless of the devices they are using.
As business continues to require more and more mobile devices, it is more critical than ever to manage these devices and expenses. Not only does mobile expense management keep an eye on your IT assets, but it also can reveal some extreme savings built up through hidden fees, overused data and underused (or never used) devices.
Under traditional telecom setups, landlines cost a flat fee per user, and features were typically confined to options like caller ID and voicemail. Smartphones have significantly changed the landscape for telecom spending within a business. Whether organizations supply the hardware or have a bring-your-own-device policy, data usage can quickly get out of hand, piling up costs. Here are three tips you can follow to regain control over telecom usage and management.
Organizations are operating in drastically different ways than they did a decade ago. The integration of mobile devices into everyday workflows has impacted everyday business opportunities. As such, employees must be provided with a tool that supports mobile assistance and enablement.
Retail organizations use a number of different communications solutions from call center capabilities for customer support to mobile app development and provisioning. Brick-and-mortar storefronts and e-commerce retailers are likely spending too much on their telecom bills due to billing errors and lack of infrastructure visibility. By using telecom expense management software, retailers can save a bundle of money in a few key ways:
Healthcare organizations have a number of unique requirements when it comes to their hardware and tools due to industry regulations. There are three essential features that a telecom expense management software should have for these organizations.
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Our telecom auditing teams manage mobileenvironments of various sizes, and we hit up our operations experts for some best practices. First we’ll go over ideas for wireless and mobile inventory management (cell phones, smartphones, tablets), then we’ll get into wireline (landline telephones).
A new story today in the New York times vividly illustrates the security risks we’ve been talking about in previous posts, as more and more devices and machines become internet connected. A scary detail broke that the hackers in the recent Target payment card breach gained access to the retailer’s records through its heating and cooling system. In other cases, hackers have used printers, thermostats and videoconferencing equipment.
We talk a lot about the Carrier Wars and how it is impacting the mobile market, as shrinking growth options drive vendors to invite creative ways to steal clients from one another. But the New York Times added an interesting angle in a recent article giving the federal government some credit for this cost-lowering, two-year-contract-busting, annoying-fee-eliminating fight. And they may have a point…
Telecom inventory management for enterprise has gone from a headache to a nightmare. With the rapid expansion of devices and technologies, IT and telecom managers need a proactive approach to overseeing fixed and wireless environments to control cost and reduce risk. Telecom expense management veteran Valicom will share best practices for handling telecom inventory in a new webinar Telecom & Wireless Inventory Management: What the Pros Know on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 10 a.m. CST.
Techradar wrote a great article on wearable tech and network security recently, leading off with the ridiculous new product from Sony -a “smartwig”. Supposedly such an item could be worn even if you have hair – as an extra – and be used to do things like change slides for a presentation with a waggle of the eyebrows, orient and guide the wearer via GPS, or transmit biometric data (heartbeat, blood pressure) from the wearer to medical staff.