There are a variety of growing issues facing companies who try to track and control wireless spend. While it's obvious that controlling the cost per minute will save your organization money, there are other factors specific to wireless device and service management that the ideal optimization solution will address.
The organizational base of mobile users is growing and thus produces larger overall costs. However, to further complicate the issue, more features and functionality get bundled into wireless service leaving end-user organizations in a difficult situation in which the cost per wireless user is also expanding. These reasons are causing market leaders to explore Telecom Expense Management (TEM) solutions as well as wireless optimization exercises.
Wireless telecom has become the fastest growing part of overall IT expenditures. Even in an environment where overall IT spending is decreasing, wireless expenses continue to increase at double digit rates.
A one time or recurring wireless audit will force your organization to gather data surrounding wireless spend and the wireless optimization piece will provide as much as 40% savings on that spend.
According to many TEM and WEM experts, organizations implementing complete IT/telecom chargeback systems to their users experience 30 percent lower cost than do organizations where the cost of service is perceived as free. Today, most organizations find themselves somewhere along this spectrum — they do not provide all of their users complete utilization-based chargeback, nor do their users perceive the services they receive as totally free.
Recent research from shows that enterprise purchase intent for mobile devices is on a steep incline. With the increased dependence on mobile communications technology new problems arise including call tracking requirements.
According to Pat Hurley’s Telephony Online article “Managing the Mobile Enterprise Effect,” the benefits of telecom expense management (TEM) are many; especially today when mobile technology exposes companies to new security threats. Pat Hurley’s article states: “A recent survey by Pointsec Mobile Technologies found that 85,000 cell phones were left in Chicago taxis in a six-month period. Losing a plain old cell phone is one thing, but losing a smartphone synchronized with corporate e-mail and data is quite another.” Sophisticated telecom expense management software solutions can help automate processes and provide security for wired and wireless networks.