A unique opportunity to get ahead of the game
The familiar communications service provider business cycle has a comforting effect. It starts with January aspirational targets, breezes past mid-year adjustments in May, through budget exercises in October and culminates in December moratoriums. A historic part of this rhythm are the summer doldrums in July and August. This part of the service provider ritual seemed lost in 2020, but is back with a vengeance this year! A perfect storm of summer school break, open travel destinations and pent-up “use it or lose it” vacation days is leading to record OOO responses.
The big slowdown provides a great opportunity to take stock of the big, important-but-not-urgent projects sitting out there. The lower email volume and cancelled meetings create a space to think proactively and get ahead of the game. While it’s tempting to kick your feet up and take a deep breath, tackling those big placeholders can have a big payoff both in terms of mental health (get it off the list) as well as moving the organization forward (get the business results).
An often-overlooked area, perhaps because it’s not as sexy as growing sales or increasing availability, is inventory reconciliation. Matching revenue to costs and physical infrastructure data may sound dull, however the cost savings and revenue uplift such an exercise can deliver has, on many occasions, been the difference between hitting or missing a budget number for the year. Cancelled orders, customer disconnects and manual process linkages can all contribute to an ever-growing discrepancy between systems of record and reality, leading to under-billing customers and paying for unused circuits and services.
Axcent Networks’ self-guided project teams have the experience and know-how to find the right data sources, audit, scrub and match disparate information and produce actionable, clean data to find the missing revenue and excess costs hiding in plain sight. Find out why some of the nation’s largest providers trust us with their data integrity projects.