Monday, November 3, 2008

Telephone Expense Management During Tough Economic Times

During times of economic downturns business look to consolidate, solidify and aggressively hunt for new opportunities. Communication facilities are the essential lifeline to every business. It is imperative to accurately determine whether business communication infrastructure is functioning smoothly and effectively. Regardless of the size of the organization, whether small business or enterprise, issues often arise that require a robust total communication management solution.

Often managers are unaware of misuse, detrimental quality of service and or system hacks that can cause irreparable damage to the reputation of the organization and the bottom line. Communication management solutions such as call accounting can help shield companies from system overload and fraudulent activity. A seasoned call accounting system can pinpoint bottlenecks and highlight unusual or suspicious activity.

Call accounting can help reconcile carrier invoices with business activity. Some businesses make it a practice to bill employees for excessive non-business and long distance calls. In many cases, the call accounting system acts as a watchdog and reduces personal activity. This results in more right to business calls and greater productivity. Some studies suggest that proper telecom accountability can result in a 10% to 30% savings in telecom expenses.

A recent study by the Aberdeen Group supports these assertions. "The telecommunications spending area is so wrought with inefficiency, in fact, most enterprises don't know how much they spend on telecom services, never mind how they can best manage those budgets." These survey results highlight the critical need for all encompassing total communication management software solutions that can provide concise metrics about calling patterns and comparative analysis of various plans.

It is far more important during times of belt tightening that call accounting is employed. You cannot manage what you cannot measure. Effective communication management increases the bottom line.

About Resource Software International Ltd. (RSI)

Founded in 1990, RSI is a developer, manufacturer and distributor of leading-edge communications management solutions. The company offers a wide range of other products including: call accounting, hotel/motel management, ACD reporting, CCR, Voice Mail and IVR reporting, carrier comparisons, and rebilling outsourcing services. RSI has distributors in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Caribbean and Middle East.

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