IT spending is frustrating. It’s often hard to get good return on investment estimates. Even when you do, it takes time for technology to prove its value. Even worse, there are countless tech traps and pitfalls along the way. Many businesses today lose money every year through IT problems. If you want to get in front of this issue, you need to learn how to streamline your IT spending and manage tech debt.
If you are looking for ways to increase productivity and save money, taking the next step toward better telecom and technology management is the perfect way to do so. What are the next steps you ask? Well, it really depends on your organization, your specific environment and needs, and your previous experience with telecom and technology expense management.
Our “Next Steps for TEM” Quiz is a great place to start in figuring this out!
Is your company managing its Cloud infrastructure like a standard data center? In other words, is the IT department purchasing capacity but failing to scale the infrastructure up or down to address changing performance needs?
Although companies using the Cloud may be implementing tools essential for ensuring systems are functioning properly, they are neglecting to utilize other tools designed to take complete advantage of the Cloud's inherent flexibility and affordability. Consequently, these companies frequently come to the conclusion that the Cloud is "too expensive" and replace it with a system that is actually more expensive than the Cloud.
Being a business owner is not an easy role. The success of your organization relies on the decisions you make, especially when it directly affects your financial outlook. From the small investments, like whether or not to provide a coffee maker in the break room, to the larger commitments, such as whether or not to expand office space, the pressure is on you to cultivate a thriving operation.
Virtualization is one of the ultimate buzz words in enterprise technology. The IT experts speak of it with a light in their eyes and enthusiasm. Every sales pitch mentions it at some point, and in all fairness, virtualization is a large topic with many exciting applications.
The simple truth is that enterprise operations require at least some level of virtualization, and taking control of your virtual destiny is extremely important. It’s also a changing landscape. Microsoft has introduced the Windows Virtual Desktop, and it’s the biggest change to the game since the PC. Maybe.
There is a new, growing trend in the world of IT. Hyperconvergence is a word that is gaining steam and getting many IT managers excited. It’s a new approach to managing data centers that is so revolutionary, even small businesses are getting into the game. Take a minute to learn about hyper-convergence. It might be just the hook you need to transform your own tech infrastructure into something more powerful, more competitive and more affordable.
Technology runs the workplace. There’s no escaping it, but allowing technology to run over the workplace is expensive. There are always more devices, tools and apps that feel like they can help. Eventually, you have to focus on reducing your IT spending.
One way a lot of companies achieve that goal is by utilizing shared devices. If one computer can server two employees, it seems like an easy opportunity to save money. If you have shared devices, and virtually every workplace does, you might benefit from a few tips that can improve on that sharing. Here are five.
Your work involves negotiating software and cloud contracts. You’re aware that time limits can press operations managers to sign contracts as they receive them, and that this, in turn, can lead to unexpected costs…
*Based on the Gartner report, How to Optimize IT Costs.
According to a recent Gartner survey, the average reduction of total cost of ownership (TCO) is 13 percent when deploying telecom expense management (TEM). Of the respondents, 40 percent reported a TCO reduction of 10 to 20 percent. 36 percent of the enterprises reported a reduction of 10 percent or less.
Most enterprises would agree that the benefits of TEM are very evident. Some of these advantages include improved business process outcomes, extended scale and geo scope, and better visibility. However, TEM is not without its disadvantages, which include hidden costs and the extra time needed for implementation. In general, customers choose TEM providers based on scalability, TCO reduction, and expected performance. Unfortunately, the disadvantages of TEM cause TCO reduction to be lower than it otherwise would be.
Based on the Gartner report, here is some information about how enterprise TEM challenges drive customer acquisition.
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?
Organizations worldwide have begun trending toward the management of their enterprise Information Technology (IT) spending with an eye on implementing cost optimization ideas as an ongoing process. Research shows this practice gives organizations more control over their IT spending, generating more accountability and realizing long-term cost savings that still allow organizations to work toward innovation investments.
IT is the lifeblood of modern businesses, but it sure gets expensive. Those expenses come in a number of shapes and sizes, and many of them can sneak up on business owners and operators. One cost that often leads to wide eyes and sore pocketbooks is the raw expense of running cables. The technology doesn’t work without them, but no one enjoys paying for them. These five tips can help you get these costs under control and free up some of your budget.
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.
The internet is a global network that provides communication and information options for users. It is made up of interconnected networks that share a set of standard protocols.
Telecommunication (telecom) involves the exchange of information, such as voice, video and data, using electronic devices. It's a wide term that encompasses many technologies like wireless and wired phones, fiber optics, radio, TV, the internet and other means of transmitted communication.
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)?