Technology for Smarter Meeting Spaces

Technology for Smarter Meeting Spaces

Avoid overbooking your conference rooms and hold more efficient meetings with smart scheduling and automated room control. Innovative, easy-to-use solutions can help you focus on your meeting, not on the technology.

Room scheduling

A conference-room scheduling system ensures your spaces are used to maximum ability. It makes it faster and easier for your team to find an available meeting space, instantly reserve a room or make last-minute changes such as extending the meeting time.

Many scheduling systems are accessible from a desktop, mobile device or convenient touch panel immediately outside the room. At a glance you can see the room name, current meeting and its duration, as well as the extended calendar for future scheduling. Some touch panels feature LED indicator lights, so people can easily determine from a distance if a room is occupied or available.

Intuitive room schedulers require no programming and are quick and simple to set up. For ease of implementation, choose a system that integrates with your existing programs, such as Outlook or Google’s G Suite.

Conference room control

Once inside your conference room, you can keep your meeting running smoothly with help from a room control system. Using a touch-screen interface, desktop and wall panels, or a smart phone, you can lower screens, dim lights and begin your presentation. Comprehensive room control solutions enable you to control multiple items from one control panel, including the room’s automation system as well as multimedia, AV, KVM and IP-enabled devices.

Even if you’re not actually in the conference room, a control system can provide you with remote access. This enables you to set up the room in advance with the swipe of a touch panel. It also gives you the ability to deliver your presentation remotely.

Don’t worry if your existing system and devices are several years old; many conference- room automation solutions can integrate with new and not-so-new technology.

Choose flexible, scalable solutions

When considering a room scheduling system or control system, choose a provider who will work with you to create a custom interface to meet the needs of your specific applications. It is a good idea to select systems that are scalable to accommodate your current environment as well as future growth.

Thanks to our friends at Black Box for the post!

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7 Workplaces best suited for two-way radios and GPS systems in 2017 !

7 Workplaces Best Suited for Two-way Radios & GPS Systems

Two-way radios are the most streamlined communication devices to use for dispatch-centric industries. The use of such mobile devices increase return on investment (ROI) due to the significant difference in cost when compared to cellular phones and other common means of communication. Two-way digital radios also contribute to the fight against distracted driving and give employees the opportunity to connect with a large group of people using Push-to-Talk (PTT) technology – a much simpler way to have a “conference call.” A vast area of coverage, combined with ease of use, make digital two-way radios the safer, quicker more reliable means of communication for those out in the field, to ensure that both the status of any job and the workers assigned to it are not in jeopardy!

Workforce management solutions like DispatchPlus utilize advanced technology to track mobile workers via GPS and allow them to quickly capture and send field activity updates to the corporate office. Let’s take a look at how efficient and reliable means to communication between field workers and their managers are critical factors in driving growth and success rates across multiple industries.

Construction

Because PTT offers instant group exchange, it’s been the preferred method of information exchange in the construction industry for years. Communication across construction crews is crucial to maintaining streamlined operations and worker safety. Workers at various locations on-site are instantly alerted to any safety concerns or unexpected issues through the simple push of a button. Construction workers also need a device that can withstand exposure to dirt, dust, water and extreme temperatures. The agility, flexibility, and efficiency of two-way radios deliver real-time information so project managers can capture critical field data, related to number and location of employees to provide detailed productivity reporting at any given time.

Education

With safety as a growing concern among educators, parents, and students alike, the location-based technology and real-time communication of digital radios significantly improves security. DispatchPlus radios are compliant with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations for driver distraction, making them one of the safest options to use for bus communications. With schools always seeking ways to find cost-effective solutions to meet shrinking budgets, digital radios are the preferred choice.

Energy

The energy industry faces a broad range of challenges including government regulation, environmental accountability, operational hazards, and high competition. Leveraging communication services for teams to stay connected is critical to employee safety, productivity, and revenue growth. Teams that work in harsh conditions or remote locations need devices that will not have network outages or failures as a safety precaution should an emergency arise. The noise-canceling technology of DispatchPlus radios enhances communication performance and reduces service disruption. Crews can work more efficiently knowing that they can be in constant contact with each other, increasing safety and accountability to project managers.

Field Services

Service technicians are often out by themselves making it vital that they have quick,

reliable communications to reach out to their home office when needed, and so the home office can reach them as well. PTT location tracking, job start notification, and job completion keep field techs accountable leading to superior customer service. Two-way radio service with DispatchPlus allows field workers to notify command of any issues in the field like if the client isn’t available or if there are delays.

GPS capabilities track worker productivity and efficiency by being able to reference travel routes, arrival times, and departure times. By using location services to track people and vehicles, GPS radios can be configured to transmit location status at pre-programmed intervals or in case of emergency. This advanced approach combines GPS modem and receiver integrated with portable radios.

Government

From supporting mass transit and public works, to park services and local events, government workers can use two-way radios in a variety of capacities. Often in the summer, city governments host concerts in outdoor venues and Independence Day fireworks displays. Workers at these events can use two-way radio communication to make sure the event runs smoothly, address any issues, and call for emergency help if needed.

During a snowstorm, flood, or other natural disaster, visibility and response time are paramount when allocating tasks, especially when local citizens are concerned.

Local government officials can utilize two-way radio technology to track and monitor location of supporters when they are out canvassing neighborhoods. This technology provides a less expensive alternative to cell phones and keeps the team aware of updates at once.

Transportation/Distribution

Transportation, storage and distribution managers can use two-way communication to increase operational efficiency. Simple errors can cause huge issues when it comes to packaging and delivering goods. Digital radios are more reliable than cell phones, and when it comes to moving goods, transportation and distribution professionals need quick communication. It’s important for transportation drivers to have the quickest and safest form of communication. With noise-canceling technology, digital radios offer more clear voice delivery so drivers can concentrate on the road instead of missing a message.

Waste Management

Two-way radio communication benefits waste management operators by improving operations efficiency, reducing costs, and meeting regulatory requirements. DispatchPlus enables dispatchers and drivers/crews to be in constant communication.

Summary:

Digital two-way radio systems such as DispatchPlus are a great means of communication throughout many dispatch-centric occupations and field-working services. By providing, easy-to-use, one-touch group communications, these systems provide a safer alternative to cellular devices, at less of a monthly cost. Because communication facilitates efficiency, jobs can be completed quicker and therefore a greater (ROI) is acquired through the intake and completion of work.

To speak with an industry expert contact your local dealer !

References

http://www.buytwowayradios.com/blog/2014/12/two-way-radios-vs-cell-phones.aspx

http://www.radio1inc.com/industry-solutions/education.htm http://www.radio1inc.com/industry-solutions/government.htm

http://www.staleycom.com/blog/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-two-way-radio-versus-cellular/

http://www.todayswirelessworld.com/2015/04/waiting-go-digital-icom-offers-technology-today/

http://www.todayswirelessworld.com/2015/02/two-way-radios-help-mobilize-distribution-centers/

http://www.constructionbusinessowner.com/topics/software/technology/rebirth-push-talk

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How to Integrate Public Safety Video Feeds and Surveillance

 

How to Integrate Public Safety Video Feeds and Surveillance for Real-Time Visualization

Active shooter incidents and similar threats have become more prevalent. According to data released by the FBI on June 15, 2016, there were 20 active shooter incidents in 2015 and 2014 each. That is six times more than the two-year period of 2000 to 2002, which was when the FBI began tracking active shooting incidents.

As was demonstrated by the horrific shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, there is often confusion when law enforcement respond to such incidents as they are unable to see what is going on inside, and dispatchers must rely on oral communication in chaotic situations. There is an increasing need for police operations centers and 911 centers to be able to visualize feeds that they are receiving. The information can come from officer body cameras, dash cameras, helicopter and drone video, public and private surveillance cameras and other public safety data. Having the ability to receive this data as it happens with real-time visualizations could aid in response times and potentially save more lives.

A Technology Solution

A technology solution is to install a  Video Wall. These systems can be integrated with DVRs and video management systems to provide all of the incoming video feeds simultaneously on a wall in the command center or control room for real-time visualizations. The information is streamed via the IP to DVR.  several companies have the necessary components to display it via the Radian Video Wall.

Video Compatibility

The Radian Video Wall is compatible with multiple formats and video inputs. You can rely on it to display information from DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, SDI, VGA, and IP. It works with all modern video formats, and it supports 4K. Users are able to drag and drop video feeds on the display and can freely position and size incoming video anywhere on the video wall.

Flexibility

The system has numerous configurations, allowing you to create one or more video walls using up to 64 video outputs. It can handle inputs from hundreds of sources simultaneously. Expansion chassis allow greater scalability and come in 4-slot, 9-slot, and 11-slot sizes.

Trained law enforcement personnel are human and have human reactions when confronted with severe crises like active shooting incidents. This makes it more difficult for dispatchers and command centers to get a true picture of what is happening on the ground at the site of the incident. In the Pulse nightclub attack, several officers responded within a few minutes of the shooter’s engaging the security personnel in a firefight. The officers had a difficult time initially spotting the shooter but followed sounds back to the bathrooms. They were communicating with dispatchers orally. According to the Washington Post, one officer among the small team that made their way in said that the five were told to hold their position and wait for the SWAT team to arrive. If the dispatchers had had real-time visualizations from the officers’ body cameras to better understand what was going on, it is possible that the response would have been quicker, saving more people on that night.

It is an unfortunate fact of modern times that violent incidents sometimes happen. Having real-time visualizations along with verbal communication can help public safety professionals to better understand where help needs to be directed. As more incidents continue to happen, having quick, real-time information can end the active shooting much faster, saving lives in the process.

To learn more about the  Radian Video Wall system and more technology solutions for public safety, visit the BB website.

Thanks to our friends at Black Box for the post !

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Explore Vedado Havana’s Forbidden Neighborhood !

Explore Vedado !

As more and more US Companies visit Havana Cuba, they are seeing a potential GEM frozen in time.http://www.cuba-it.us

With many challenges ahead the early reports are great people, great food , get down here before it changes !

Check out http://www.cuba-it.us

Enjoy !

 

Hotel Nacional in Vedado Cuba

 

Havana is Cuba’s capital city and home to more than two million inhabitants. It sits at the mouth of Havana Bay on the Northwest edge of the Caribbean island. Most who have traveled to Havana, or have looked into it, are already well aware of the wonders of the city’s Old Havana district. Sweet Cuban melodies and the fragrant aroma of coffee drift out from living rooms and cafés into cobblestone alleyways. The maze of colorful buildings – some beautifully restored, others sorely in need – opens up onto a number of historic squares featuring the likes of 16th century basilicas and Ernest Hemmingway’s favorite watering holes.

Visitors could easily spend their entire trip to Cuba just exploring Old Havana, but there is so much more to see and do in other parts the city! Part of what makes Cuba’s capital so unique are its distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different flavor of Havana life. For your Cuba tour, do yourself a favor and venture beyond the limits of Old Havana. You won’t regret it.

Vedado is a large, mostly residential neighborhood a few miles west of Old Havana. Thick swaths of forest were converted into a closed military defense zone by Spanish colonizers, hence the name; “Vedado” means “forbidden” in Spanish. Residential development began in the mid-1850s, and the neighborhood was given its characteristic grid system. The streets are numbered and lettered instead of having names, making it one of the easiest places in Cuba for outsiders to navigate.

While Old Havana’s beautifully restored squares offer an unparalleled glimpse into Cuba’s colonial period, Vedado is rich in relics from another fascinating era in Cuba’s history. In the decades following Spain’s defeat in the 1898 Spanish-American war, Vedado was transformed by American investors and those benefitting from Cuba’s sugar trade boom.

One of the best ways to spend a day in Vedado is to simply wander the grid of stunning mansions from this era, each boasting one-of-a-kind Cuban architecture. Nowadays, many of these properties are still single-family homes, but a remarkable number of them were converted into state offices, government-sponsored cultural centers, and embassies after the 1959 Cuban revolution. Imagine going to work every day in a historic mansion with high ceilings and marble staircases!

Vedado landmark hotels like the Hotel Nacional, the Capri, and the Riviera are towering odes to the 1950’s, a period in Cuba’s history notoriously steeped in opulence, gambling, and corruption. Meyer Lansky — who owned the Riviera before it was nationalized after the 1959 revolution — and other U.S. mobsters ran casinos, while a decorated string of Hollywood stars frequented spots like the Hotel Nacional.

On your trip to Vedado, you can scour the halls at the Hotel Nacional that are plastered with the names and faces of the celebrities who have wandered those same passages. Afterwards, you can see where Fidel Castro set up defense systems at the hotel during the Bay of Pigs invasion. Lucky for you, the hotel’s grassy backyard patio now serves as one of the city’s most scenic places to sip a mojito, overlooking the seafront esplanade below.

A glimpse of Cuba’s resplendent past isn’t the only reason to visit Vedado. The neighborhood has become an important hub of contemporary Cuban culture. Vedado’s tree-lined avenues certainly offer serenity and a breath of fresh air for the traveler who just spent the day navigating bustling Old Havana. But despite Vedado’s tranquil façade, there is a lot going on beneath the surface.

If you know where to look, the neighborhood is home to some of the country’s best nightlife and a blossoming culinary scene. Many of those high-ceilinged mansions mentioned earlier now house some of the country’s best bars and most innovative restaurants, such as Los Naranjos on 17th and A or Le Chansonnier on 15th and J.  Even though these spots might be hiding in plain sight, it certainly doesn’t stop them from filling up. Reservations recommended!

Vedado is also the epicenter of the arts in Havana. A wide of variety Cuban music can be found any night of the week at a plethora of unique venues, including some of the country’s hottest jazz clubs. Vedado has several cinemas, is home to numerous arts and culture festivals, and is always featuring fresh talent in its plays and ballets. What’s more, most of these events are either free or very affordable. A ticket to the latest play to hit the theater will set you back about $5.

Whether you want to cruise past the newly opened U.S. embassy on Havana’s iconic seafront boulevard in a classic car, immerse yourself in Cuba’s rich history, or meet the musicians and artists who are shaping Cuba’s culture today, a trip to Vedado is not to be missed!

Thanks to  InsightCuba for the post

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7 Workplaces Best Suited for Two-way Radios & GPS Systems

7 Workplaces Best Suited for Two-way Radios & GPS Systems

 Here’s a recent post from our friends at PDV wireless !

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Two-way radios are the most streamlined communication devices to use for dispatch-centric industries. The use of such mobile devices increase return on investment (ROI) due to the significant difference in cost when compared to cellular phones and other common means of communication. Two-way digital radios also contribute to the fight against distracted driving and give employees the opportunity to connect with a large group of people using Push-to-Talk (PTT) technology – a much simpler way to have a “conference call.” A vast area of coverage, combined with ease of use, make digital two-way radios the safer, quicker more reliable means of communication for those out in the field, to ensure that both the status of any job and the workers assigned to it are not in jeopardy!

Workforce management solutions like DispatchPlus utilize advanced technology to track mobile workers via GPS and allow them to quickly capture and send field activity updates to the corporate office. Let’s take a look at how efficient and reliable means to communication between field workers and their managers are critical factors in driving growth and success rates across multiple industries.

Construction

Because PTT offers instant group exchange, it’s been the preferred method of information exchange in the construction industry for years. Communication across construction crews is crucial to maintaining streamlined operations and worker safety. Workers at various locations on-site are instantly alerted to any safety concerns or unexpected issues through the simple push of a button. Construction workers also need a device that can withstand exposure to dirt, dust, water and extreme temperatures. The agility, flexibility, and efficiency of two-way radios deliver real-time information so project managers can capture critical field data, related to number and location of employees to provide detailed productivity reporting at any given time.

Education

With safety as a growing concern among educators, parents, and students alike, the location-based technology and real-time communication of digital radios significantly improves security. DispatchPlus radios are compliant with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations for driver distraction, making them one of the safest options to use for bus communications. With schools always seeking ways to find cost-effective solutions to meet shrinking budgets, digital radios are the preferred choice.

Energy

The energy industry faces a broad range of challenges including government regulation, environmental accountability, operational hazards, and high competition. Leveraging communication services for teams to stay connected is critical to employee safety, productivity, and revenue growth. Teams that work in harsh conditions or remote locations need devices that will not have network outages or failures as a safety precaution should an emergency arise. The noise-canceling technology of DispatchPlus radios enhances communication performance and reduces service disruption. Crews can work more efficiently knowing that they can be in constant contact with each other, increasing safety and accountability to project managers.

Field Services

Service technicians are often out by themselves making it vital that they have quick,

reliable communications to reach out to their home office when needed, and so the home office can reach them as well. PTT location tracking, job start notification, and job completion keep field techs accountable leading to superior customer service. Two-way radio service with DispatchPlus allows field workers to notify command of any issues in the field like if the client isn’t available or if there are delays.

GPS capabilities track worker productivity and efficiency by being able to reference travel routes, arrival times, and departure times. By using location services to track people and vehicles, GPS radios can be configured to transmit location status at pre-programmed intervals or in case of emergency. This advanced approach combines GPS modem and receiver integrated with portable radios.

Government

From supporting mass transit and public works, to park services and local events, government workers can use two-way radios in a variety of capacities. Often in the summer, city governments host concerts in outdoor venues and Independence Day fireworks displays. Workers at these events can use two-way radio communication to make sure the event runs smoothly, address any issues, and call for emergency help if needed.

During a snowstorm, flood, or other natural disaster, visibility and response time are paramount when allocating tasks, especially when local citizens are concerned.

Local government officials can utilize two-way radio technology to track and monitor location of supporters when they are out canvassing neighborhoods. This technology provides a less expensive alternative to cell phones and keeps the team aware of updates at once.

Transportation/Distribution

Transportation, storage and distribution managers can use two-way communication to increase operational efficiency. Simple errors can cause huge issues when it comes to packaging and delivering goods. Digital radios are more reliable than cell phones, and when it comes to moving goods, transportation and distribution professionals need quick communication. It’s important for transportation drivers to have the quickest and safest form of communication. With noise-canceling technology, digital radios offer more clear voice delivery so drivers can concentrate on the road instead of missing a message.

Waste Management

Two-way radio communication benefits waste management operators by improving operations efficiency, reducing costs, and meeting regulatory requirements. DispatchPlus enables dispatchers and drivers/crews to be in constant communication.

Summary:

Digital two-way radio systems such as DispatchPlus are a great means of communication throughout many dispatch-centric occupations and field-working services. By providing, easy-to-use, one-touch group communications, these systems provide a safer alternative to cellular devices, at less of a monthly cost. Because communication facilitates efficiency, jobs can be completed quicker and therefore a greater (ROI) is acquired through the intake and completion of work.

To speak with an industry expert about a push to talk Wireless solution contact Jack@mitelservice.com   http://www.mitelservice.com

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Procurement versus Recurring Costs !

Procurement versus Recurring Costs

Why procurement won’t stop enterprises spending more than they should on technology services.

Procurement departments are hugely important to global organisations; they ensure that goods and services are sourced at the best possible price and benefit to the company. But procurement falls down when it comes to recurring costs, particularly when it comes to technology services.

Expecting technology procurement to have a long term impact on costs is like mowing your lawn once and expecting perfectly level grass for the next three years. Things will inevitably start to creep in. Billing errors (for the sake of the analogy we’ll call them ‘dandelions’) fraud/abuse (buttercups) and unused/underused services (a really big molehill) will all mean things will spiral out of control.

Procurement departments play a key role in driving down costs to provide necessary materials and services. But what procurement departments don’t do is check that their hard-negotiated rates are being reflected in their billing, or monitor the usage patterns of end-users to ensure services are being used efficiently, or at all. When an employee leaves, do you have a process to cancel their mobile contracts, or uninstall the ADSL line from their house? Are you recovering the handsets and tablets from those employees? Could you still be paying for the telecoms at your former premises? When an organisation hits a certain size, effectively managing technology costs becomes a task which even the most enthusiastic team of accountants couldn’t accomplish without undergoing several existential crises.

The answer to managing all these recurring technology costs happens to be another recurring technology cost– a Technology Expense Management solution (brilliant robot lawnmower). Fortunately, this recurring cost pays for itself over and over again. It allows companies to forensically check that each individual software license, call, text or byte of data is being correctly billed at the agreed rates. It provides the visibility to understand the total cost of technology services, and the technology needs of the organisation, creating a stronger bargaining position for future negotiations. It assigns the costs of each device to a person, department and office, and spots high-usage and no-usage outliers.

A TEM Technology Expense Management platform manages the complete lifecycle for enterprises’ technologies, including financial market data, telecoms, IT assets, cloud services, hosted applications, machine-to-machine and print expense management. A heavy focus on automation reduces the risks of human error and speeds up processes, through features such as Automated Invoice Processing, and eBonding, which expedites the process of ordering, cancelling and changing services.

Thanks to our friends at MDSL for the post !

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Cuba-IT “Ready for Prime time !”

Despite being one of the world’s last standing communist regimes, Cuba has proved masterful at reinventing its economic priorities in troubled times. With the new and warmer relationships between the US and Havana much progress has been made with IT development and research.Impact_Deluxe_II_33.5x80_Banner

The latest transformation is an IT revolution that is positioning the country as an attractive outsourcing option for American companies, and as a natural gateway to the Canadian and Latin American markets.

Since 1991, Cuba’s information technology sector has been developing at warp speed and now consists of about 45,000 highly skilled workers, 38 per cent of whom have specialized degrees. More than 85 per cent of the country’s IT industry is concentrated in technical services and software development.

“We’ve been investing in this sector for the last 2 years and we now have 35 highly skilled IT workers at every level,” says Tom Penichter, general manager at Cuba-IT.us , the marketing arm of Web Associates LLC of Information Technology and Communications. “IT doesn’t require a lot of financial investment . . . but a considerable amount of time.

We test each developer and rank their skills, English and ability to challenge the work.

We hire the top 2% and begin their journey working on internal projects before taking on Agile responsibilities’ with the larger customers.

We have tremendous expertize in Drupal, PHP,Magento,Wordpress  as well as the more basic .Net and Java

Visit http://www.cuba-it.us or contact Jack @cuba-it.us for more info

90 miles away, same time zone and culture makes Cuba the “Best Nearshore destination “

Did I mention great food, fishing beaches as well as world class rum and cigars !

check us out and take a test drive !

Take a ride with Cuba-IT.us

Take a ride with Cuba-IT.us

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Pay for what you use !

Pay For What You Use

The Manager receives his bank statement. Upon inspection, the Manager discovers he can’t afford that new 4k TV this month. Or his yearly donation to the children’s charity. But mainly the 4k TV.

The Manager is Furious. He begins a full investigation.

The Manager discovers his daughter has exceeded her roaming data limit by at least 5GB for the last 6 months. He decides that 18 is probably too young to own a phone. The Manager takes action.

After noticing his electricity bill is much higher than last month’s, he investigates every electrical socket in the house until he discovers his neighbour has been siphoning off electricity from his summer house to charge his electric car. The Manager is Furious. The Manager takes action.

The Manager discovers his daughter’s ex-boyfriend was never taken off the insurance on her car. The premiums are huge due to his age, gender and chequered criminal past. The Manager is Furious. He cancels it immediately.

Further down the statement, The Manager sees a subscription to an adult entertainment website. The Manager is F… oh he doesn’t look that bothered actually.

I’m sure he’ll cancel that later…


Back at work, The Manager attends an accounts meeting. It looks like they won’t be able to afford his new company car. Or the employee healthcare scheme. But mainly the all-inclusive luxury 2-week Mediterranean managerial networking cruise.

The Manager is disappointed, and berates his sales team. He doesn’t consider that unnecessary costs are hurting The Company’s profitability.

The Manager doesn’t discover all the global employees running up overage charges on mobile data. Or all the phone contracts The Company is paying for with zero usage.

The Manager doesn’t discover the bills still coming in for offices around the world which they no longer own. Or the active phone contracts for people the company no longer employs.


 

You wouldn’t treat your own money this way, so why treat your company’s? You shouldn’t have to pay for what you don’t use – you just need the right tools to visualize and understand your costs.

It’s hard to cover all the bases all the time, Check with a local consulting or TEM firm that can give you some help!

Thanks to our friends at MDSL for the post!

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Can you lower your Telecom Costs ?

TEM Cost Savings – ” Negotiated Savings “

The Manager has come under criticism for agreeing to some unfavorable deals in recent times. The Company’s telecom contracts are coming up for renewal, and The Manager spies an opportunity.
“How can I make my mark on this deal?”

  • You Have A Choice

If you’re unhappy with the price of your fixed-line telecoms from Drop Callz or the moblie service from Incredibly Ltd, you can always change provider. Remember, vendors want your business, and will do what they can to ease the transition to their service. Changing vendors can result in a significant reduction on your telecom spend.

  • Remember to Negotiate

If you’re a large company, telecom vendors really want your business. They would rather negotiate below their standard business rates than lose you to a competitor. Don’t just accept the first figures you’re quoted.

So are you going to negotiate now, Mr Manager?

“Yes, immediat-…. I mean, maybe…”

That’s the spirit! 

  • Monitor Contractual Commitments

Your provider may have negotiated a minimum annual spend in your contract, and you will be fined if you don’t spend enough. Use a TEM solution to work out what your company needs so you can negotiate a more reasonable minimum spend in your next contract.

  • Take Independent Expert Advice.

In addition to using data to strenghten your negotiating position, consider taking independent advice from those with experience in the telecom industry. They can help you with your choice of vendor, offer insight into your spending habits and advise you on how to you approach negotiations.

A good Consulting firm can provide all this and more, so yes you can find ways to lower your costs with out hurting your performance.

Thanks to MDSL for the post !
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