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Reason #7 Why Clients Spend Way Too Much for Telecommunications: Inefficient Wireless Rate Plan Management

Dave Young
Jun. 18,2013 |

In our November 2012 issue of The Net Effect, we published a White Paper titled “Top 10 Reasons Why Clients Spend WAY TOO MUCH...For Telecommunications”.   This is the fourth in a series of blog entries that will explore each of these topics in more detail, moving on to #7 Inefficient Wireless Rate Plan Management. Each employee mobile wireless subscriber on a corporate agreement is associated with one or more rate plans that specify the number of voice, data and texting limits.  In addition some plans single out email, video and image transmissions, as well as a myriad of other plans for international travel and out-calling from domestic to ...

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Defense Against the Cartel: Cisco in Plain View

Dave Young
May. 14,2013 |

Recounting the news earlier this year out of West Virginia where state auditors are accusing Cisco of selling routers that are not needed or router models that are way overkill for the purpose, got me thinking about the approach Cisco and many of its peers in the IT industry take to selling technology to their customers.   Simply put, IT related acquisitions, be it hardware, software or services, are fraught with a cartel mentality between the OEM, reseller and the enterprise IT organization that often result in purchasing more than needed or acquiring advanced functionality without a purpose. The IT organization shares some of this blame ...

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Reason #8 Why Clients Spend Way Too Much for Telecommunications: Poor Wireless Mobility Governance

Dave Young
Apr. 15,2013 |

In our November 2012 issue of The Net Effect, we published a White Paper titled “Top 10 Reasons Why Clients Spend WAY TOO MUCH...For Telecommunications”.   This is the third in a series of blog entries that will explore each of these topics in more detail, moving on to #8:  Poor Wireless Mobility Governance. How things have changed in a few short years.  There was a time, not so long ago, that wireless mobility in the enterprise meant a Blackberry or a basic cell phone for voice calls and not much more.   Access to data on the Blackberry didn’t amount to much because the web browsing interface was so basic and the “app” was not yet part of ...

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Reason #9 Why Clients Spend Way Too Much for Telecommunications: Unused Services

Dave Young
Feb. 22,2013 |

In our November 2012 issue of The Net Effect, we published a White Paper titled “Top 10 Reasons Why Clients Spend WAY TOO MUCH...For Telecommunications”.  This is the second in a series of blog entries that will explore each of these topics in more detail, moving on to #9 Unused Services. If you consider the volume and multitude of service types of telecommunications consumed by the average enterprise and then factor in the number of telecommunications suppliers that make up the typical portfolio of telecommunications in the enterprise, particularly for organizations with many remote locations, it’s no wonder its challenging to keep on top ...

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Reason #10 Why Clients Spend Way Too Much for Telecommunications: Incorrect Rate Implementation in New Agreement

Dave Young
Jan. 21,2013 |

In our November 2012 issue of The Net Effect, we published a White Paper titled “Top 10 Reasons Why Clients Spend WAY TOO MUCH...For Telecommunications.”  This is the first in a series of blog entries that will explore each of these topics in more detail, starting with #10 Incorrect Rate Implementation in New Agreement. You would certainly want to believe that for organizations which have been around for a very long time, implementing a new agreement into their billing systems would be a well-documented and routine process for telecommunications companies.  However, more often than not, this is not the case; and as a consumer of these ...

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Cisco Taking It on the Chin is Good for the Enterprise

Dave Young
Aug. 27,2012 |

Competition is good for the consumer and in enterprise networking, it almost always leads to better deals for our clients.  However, there continues to be a love affair with Cisco gear, both on the edge and the core that makes the job of introducing a legitimate competitive threat difficult.   Cisco has great gear in most cases, particularly in the core, but at what price?  Cisco is consistently more expensive apples to apples, with legitimate lower cost options from Brocade (including legacy Foundry), Juniper and Huawei, as the most notable examples, with comparable functionality that meets most enterprises’ need.  Sure, there might be some ...

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Promise of Cloud Largely Unfulfilled

Dave Young
Jul. 23,2012 |

Clients are constantly asking NET(net) about the cloud.  They largely think it offers some benefits in terms of lower cost, quicker deployments, and higher subscription based elasticity.  In a recent client survey, just over 80% of clients believed that these were the top 3 benefits of ‘moving to the cloud’. Clients also consistently express concerns about the cloud as well, and like the advantages, it comes down largely to three reasons.  In this same survey, clients suggested that they were mostly concerned with security, virtualization, and wrongful data exposure. What’s really interesting, is that while the concerns are largely all good ...

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10Gb Ethernet is a Good Gig

Dave Young
Apr. 24,2012 |

If there is one thing we’ve learned over the years in networking, it is not to underestimate the evolution of network capacity requirements over time or the complexity of managing the core networks that power our data centers.  Thankfully we have a networking technology in Ethernet that has kept in step with our networking performance requirements, from the game changing 10Mb Ethernet 10BaseT, effectively replacing coax and token-ring networks in the 90s, to talk today of applications that will fill the emerging standard of 100Gb Ethernet.   But is it a fit for every networking purpose, such as a replacement for Fibre Channel (FC) for ...

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