New technology and tools are adding complexity to the telecom space, making it difficult to accurately track expenses. With so many elements under one umbrella, it can be easy to lose track of services that are no longer valuable or are overpriced. Organizations must take back control of unruly telecom expenses to cut costs.
Happy Monday! Today we’re excited to share our latest white paper. The “Five Questions to Ask” white paper includes key tips and prompts to help your organization take control of your telecom expenses. If mobile devices and expensive data plans have invaded your team, or your wireline invoices are a tangled mess, we can help. Discover proper telecom management processes by asking yourself these five simple questions.
As we discussed in our recent webinar “Plugging the Leak: Software Tools and Strong Tactics to Contain Telecom & Wireless Costs”, telecom contract RFPs and negotiation are the #1 way to save money on telecom.
I attended the CompTIA annual member meeting last week in Chicago, and – other than the obscene $54 parking rate at the hotel – found it to be a great time. CompTIA is the Computing Technology Industry Association, essentially a clubhouse for IT service providers, VARs, resellers, MSPs and OEM reps.
In telecommunications we know there are an endless stream of merger and acquisitions with vendors (a couple very recently). This can create a lot of potential headaches, but it’s also important to leverage these events as opportunities when looking for cost savings.
Telecom auditing and expense management firm Valicom celebrates a landmark anniversary, having helped clients control telecom costs for twenty years. Founded in January 1991 as a certified woman-owned business (WBE) , Valicom has worked with SMBs and enterprise clients to reduce telecom expenses, gain control over telecom inventory and process and pay telecom invoices. Having launched their telecom expense management software Clearview in 2010, they look forward to their next phase of growth utilizing Clearview to assist IT and telecom consultants in building robust telecom expense management practices of their own.
This is a follow-up to my previous blog entitled “Telecom Expense Management Portfolio Expansion For Consultants” and the third in a series of blogs that outline the results of Valicom’s telecom consultant survey that was sent out to a nationwide group of independent telecom consultants in August, 2010 on this subject.
It’s all perspective, isn’t it? I mowed the lawn once last summer. I did a really bang-up job, too, if I don’t say so myself. Before I started, I canvassed the yard and picked up all the sticks. Then, I made sure I made nice straight lines in the mowing lanes and even sprayed off the mower when I was finished. I was quite proud of my work and then started in with the weed-whacking. Man, was I ever in for an education.
Just as with medicine, companies often make the mistake of treating the symptoms, not the causes, when it comes to their telecommunications audit practices. When approaching a telecommunications audit project, it’s important to first identify all of the potential ways that the telecommunications spend could be made more efficient, and cost effective. This could be compared to a basic physical performed by your family doctor. The purpose is to get a baseline understanding of the overall health of the telecommunications spend and to identify broad areas that require additional focus and improvement.
Spring is in the air, the courses are opening, and I cannot WAIT to get back to playing the game of golf that I love so very much.The only thing I dread? My putting. It’s horrible. Seems like no matter how much I practice, I pull it left or right. I have this awful, sinking feeling when I pull my putter and prepare to hit. It never fails, I three-putt almost every hole.