Recently our allocations experts uncovered an interesting statistic: organizations spend thousands of dollars in SMS messaging every year – and about a fifth of the costs come from overages.
You can trim that spending through plan and feature optimization and contract negotiations, but the cost can’t always be eliminated entirely; sending and receiving SMS has proven essential to the enterprise (anyone who begs to differ may want to consider the productivity impact of, say, flight status updates).
Meanwhile, another option has emerged that promises unlimited messaging at no cost. Millions of smartphone users have embraced messaging apps like WhatsApp, Kik and Apple’s iMessage as a free alternative to SMS messaging. In the past year WhatsApp alone was used to send and receive more messages than all the mobile operators in the US combined.
Free messaging apps are clearly one of the hottest mobile trends of the moment. For the enterprise, this means using one little app could eliminate an average of $5.77 in spending per user, per month. That’s almost $70,000 a year for enterprises with 1000 smartphone users. But could this idea - saving on SMS messaging in the enterprise by switching to an app - be to good to be true?
Are you currently handling Wireless Expense Management (WEM) in-house or outsourcing to a one-stop Telecom Expense Management (TEM) provider? Your enterprise could be leaving money on the table, or be falling behind the curve.
If you’ve read part 1, Unlock hidden savings with pooled data plans, then you’re undoubtedly aware that switching to pooled data plans can save your enterprise hundreds of thousands of dollars – and that’s not even counting what you’ll avoid in overage charges.
But could the switch be more hassle than it’s worth? Could you even end up paying more by moving to the new plans?
If your business isn’t taking advantage of carriers’ new pooled data plans, you’re missing out on substantial savings.
The plans, launched by AT&T and Verizon earlier this year, and Sprint more recently, function similarly to pooled voice plans.
Each line on an account is given an allowance of data, and any portion of the allowance that remains unused at the end of the bill cycle is redistributed among the “pool” of lines. The total data usage for the account tends to average out, and as a result, overage charges for data are reduced, or totally eliminated.
Though it might seem that only enterprises with heavy data users and regular data overages stand to benefit from pooled data plans, there are additional hidden savings built into these pooled plans.
Here’s how to tell if your enterprise can unlock these savings:
Choosing the right supplier for any initiative is always a little nerve-wracking.
You've read through their marketing material, sat through a few pitches, and maybe you've even given their platform a test-drive.
This past week at AOTMP’s 2013 conference in Orlando, FL, “Touch the future of fixed and mobile management”, Wireless Analytics won AOTMP's 2012 Efficiency First® Framework Supplier Adopter Award! The award recognizes the top industry supplier for embodying the values and philosophies of the Efficiency First® Framework. Wireless Analytics CEO Erik Eames accepted the award.
Want inside information on cultivating a good relationship with your wireless mobility management provider, and getting the most value out of your engagement? If you’re lucky enough to be attending AOTMP’s 2013 conference, “Touch the future of fixed and mobile management” next week in Orlando, you’ll have your chance to hear from industry experts on the subject.
Two years ago, Wireless Analytics started getting calls from enterprise clients asking if our wireless mobility management services firm could help deploy, support and lock down iPads for mobile workers.
The AOTMP Fixed and Mobile Telecom Management Conference, scheduled for Feb. 13 - 16 in Orlando, is always one of the not-to-be-missed annual events for our industry and we are excited to attend.
The conference brings together enterprise-based senior management, directors/managers and telecom/IT operations staff, as well as AOTMP experts and industry thought leaders, for a balance of networking, education, and collaboration. As a company that has been at the cutting edge of the evolution of wireless mobility management, we’re excited to contribute to and learn from this conference.