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5 Ways to Prepare for the Microsoft Office Price Hike

By Matt Maloney on Nov 2, 2021

Microsoft recently announced the first Office price increase in a decade. If your enterprise uses Office, you probably know the platform has rolled out a lot of new capabilities since the last release. The company has essentially reinvented the Office platform as a cutting-edge SaaS service, setting a rate for innovation that would be difficult for many other providers to match. But while the increase appears justified against rising technology costs and upgraded feature sets, it’s still important to take the right steps to ensure your spend matches your needs and usage.

Are you ready for the Microsoft Office price hike? We’ll show you 5 ways to wrangle your Microsoft UCaaS Spend.

Topics: Technology Expense Management Digital Transformation SaaS Industry Trends
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Budgeting Considerations for 2022

By Giselle Simas on Oct 29, 2021

With only one quarter left in the year, it’s the ideal time to check technology spending and make a new budget to set your company up for success in 2022. With the rise of hybrid work and growing dependency on technology, it’s become more important than ever to invest in Technology Expense Management (TEM) to help cut costs, track services and equipment, and negotiate better contracts.  

Topics: Technology Expense Management Digital Transformation SaaS Industry Trends
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UCaaS: Understanding the New Face of Call Accounting

By Sheikh Ali on Oct 13, 2021

Call accounting originally grew from a core set of business needs that included cost validation and fraud detection. Enterprises often utilized call activity information to incentivize lower cost calling behaviors and manage traffic, and certain sectors—financial services and government among them—used call data to meet a range of compliance requirements. Companies also embraced call accounting for more mundane uses, such as cost center chargebacks based on consumption.

Topics: Technology Expense Management Digital Transformation SaaS Industry Trends
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UCaaS: If You Can’t See You Can’t Act

By Sheikh Ali on Sep 30, 2021

Your essential checklist to save, manage and optimize your digital communications spend.

Topics: SaaS Industry Trends
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Call Accounting 2.0: Hybrid Solutions Blending UCaaS and Legacy Communications Data

By Matt Maloney on Sep 24, 2021

Updated January 19, 2022

The transition of legacy PBX systems and other communication platforms from on-prem to cloud is happening at an unprecedented pace. This migration creates new challenges for enterprises trying to monitor communications usage and spend, from traditional forms of communication to UCaaS. Traditional tools can’t keep up with the need for better visibility into where telecom & UCaaS budgets are going and how to optimize the value of investments. 

Topics: Technology Expense Management Digital Transformation SaaS
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Controlling the Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) Spend Explosion

By Sheikh Ali on Sep 13, 2021

Updated January 19, 2022

Now more than ever, businesses in this globally connected world are turning to Unified Communications (UC) and Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) solutions to enable seamless collaboration. 

Topics: Technology Expense Management Digital Transformation SaaS
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Part 2: Auditing IT Expenses in a SaaS World - New Challenges, New Approaches

By Sheikh Ali on Jul 26, 2021

In Part 1, we examined the challenges enterprises face in effectively auditing SaaS spend. Billing practices for cloud services are complex and often disorganized, and traditional audit tools fall short. Now we’ll look at how businesses can overcome these difficulties, and the benefits they receive once they do.

Topics: Technology Expense Management Digital Transformation SaaS Industry Trends
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Part 1: Auditing IT Expenses in a SaaS World with Similar Needs and New Challenges

By Sheikh Ali on Jul 7, 2021

Traditional enterprise fixed and mobile spend audits are a stable and mature service offered by every large expense management company as well as a plethora of smaller providers and independent analysts. These vendors have built a successful practice around finding billing errors or cost reduction opportunities for clients and sharing a percentage of the monies recovered or the savings achieved. From the early days of telecom expense management (TEM) to today, most enterprises take advantage of this standard service, either as a one-time engagement or on an ongoing basis. 

Topics: SaaS
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The Deployments, Strategies and Benefits of "Bring Your Own"

By Billy Howes on Jul 1, 2021

BYOD is being used more and more for businesses in both terminology and practice.

But what exactly is BYOD, and what does it mean for companies? BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device, and it allows employees to do work on their own devices to access a company’s network and data rather than rely on the company to provide the hardware. Upwork estimates that 1 in 4 Americans will be working remotely thru 2021 which further supports the popularity of BYOD. Millennials are also driving the trend, thinking their personal devices are more effective and easier to use than devices provided by their employers.

Topics: Technology Expense Management Mobility SaaS
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Top 3 Challenges of Managing Enterprise SaaS Spend

By Matt Maloney on Jun 18, 2021

Updated January 19, 2022

Large businesses are increasingly realizing they have a major problem around SaaS spend management. The use of cloud subscription services is going up but, unlike with traditional on-prem technologies, few companies had controls in place before the pace of SaaS and UCaaS adoption accelerated. And while SaaS applications were a lifeline for companies and workers when COVID-19 hit, the scope of expenses associated with so much cloud service sprawl is just now becoming clear.

Topics: Technology Expense Management Digital Transformation SaaS Industry Trends
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Calero-MDSL Joins the Zoom App Marketplace to Solve Enterprise UCaaS Expense Management Challenges

By Stephanie O'Malley on Jun 8, 2021

Rochester, NY (June 8th, 2021) – Calero-MDSL, the leader in the high-growth Technology Expense Management (TEM) space, announced today its addition to the Zoom App Marketplace. The company is the first TEM provider to offer both a UCaaS expense management solution within its TEM platform, and a native Zoom app. With this certified Marketplace App, Calero-MDSL customers can now implement UCaaS expense management in minutes. In March, the company announced that it was first-to-market with a comprehensive solution for managing and optimizing both the variable and fixed costs associated with UCaaS programs integrated with its established wireline and mobility programs.

Topics: SaaS News/Press
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Shadow IT: The DIY SaaS That Puts Systems At Risk

By Giulio D'Ali & Simon Mendoza on Jun 3, 2021

Shadow IT has long been a common business unit practice. When the wait for an approved solution from the corporate IT department feels too long, users navigate around the corporate policy and find their own solution. While there’s immediate relief to a pain point, there are compound long-term security and spend implications. How can an organization recover and take control?

Even the most benign of SaaS solutions can put a company at risk, functioning outside the parameters of IT security, privacy, and regulatory requirements. And the inherent challenge with SaaS, is that the risk is not a static moment in time. The institutional intelligence lives on in the cloud even as the user discontinues software usage. This means long-term exposure to both security breaches and spend.

Topics: Technology Expense Management Digital Transformation SaaS Industry Trends
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