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A Beginners Guide: Why Automate Your Business

Posted by Annette Gardner

09-Mar-2016 08:00:00

You can’t seem to read an article these days without bumping into terms like ‘Business Process Automation’, ‘BSS/OSS’, or ‘Automated operations’. These terms are popular because they describe real solutions to problems such as operational visibility and process complexity.

So, it’s clear that automation can actually help, but the most pressing questions you have are ‘how’ and ‘why??’.

To answer your questions we’ve written this guide. It runs through automation from A-Z, explaining how it gives you the information and infrastructure you need to propel your business forward - and why you should automate your business.

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Topics: Business Automation, Benefits, Advice, Beginners guide

The Best Tips for Automation Success

Posted by Annette Gardner

20-Jan-2016 09:27:00

Embarking on an automation project is never undertaken lightly. Business operations and processes affect almost every part of your business; from Agents on the ground, to Engineers, to Finance and Technical Support. Adjusting the processes that form the backbone of these functions can be daunting to say the least - even when it is for the ‘greater good’.

Customers usually seek us out once they’ve hit a critical point in their business operations where current processes are no longer manageable and their bottom line is being affected (aka Revenue Leakage).

So - when you’re at a pivotal moment in your business operations history - and you’re kinda NEEDING your automation project to be a success - how do you go about making it happen?

I asked our team of engineers who work daily on automation projects from South Africa to Uganda and everywhere in between, to come up with their best tips - and this is what they said:

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Topics: Business Automation, Process Automation, Advice, Tips

The Ultimate Checklist for Successful Automated Provisioning

Posted by Annette Gardner

17-Dec-2015 08:59:03

As we all know, setting up a successful automated provisioning process isn’t as simple as just stringing a few tasks together with mailto links and hitting “go live”.

Complications arise because of the cross-departmental nature of provisioning processes; Originating from your call centre or Sales teams, they are intrinsically linked through to engineering, installations and then on to the finance department. Not to mention how these internal processes directly and indirectly affect customer satisfaction.

With such a detail orientated and complex collection of processes to compile, understand and automate, it can be hard to keep the bigger picture in mind. So in an effort to make things a little easier for you, we have compiled a complete online automated provisioning checklist you can bookmark and use to make sure your next project is a success.

 

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Topics: Business Automation, Process Automation, Provisioning, Automated Provisioning

5 [Great] Reasons to Automate your Customer Portal

Posted by Annette Gardner

02-Dec-2015 08:00:00

Customer portals are like email signatures - ‘property’ owned by you that is very rarely taken full advantage of. Rather than an afterthought (i.e. more than a simple, but non-functional place where customers come to be frustrated); your customer portal and its functionality should be automated.

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Topics: Automation Feature, Customer Portals, Customer Service

Why Billing Reports Should be the Next Process You Automate

Posted by Annette Gardner

18-Nov-2015 13:49:28

When it comes to billing, even the smallest mistake can have the most severe impact on your bottom line. 

ISP Finance departments capture, process and organise volumes of personal, transactional and credit information. Typically, these reside in separate (disconnected) software applications. Add the constant high tempo of transaction and data processing required, and it’s clear how small, yet significant errors easily creep into the billing process. 

Automated billing reports provide transparency, identify profitability centres, eliminate unexpected errors and enable detailed billing analysis. Combined, this delivers key information the finance team needs to shore up revenue leakage and add considerable business value.     

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Topics: Billing, Process Automation, reporting

5 Signs Your Business Needs Automated Provisioning

Posted by Annette Gardner

04-Nov-2015 08:30:00

As a CIO or COO you’re constantly seeking out simplified systems that give you a competitive edge. Simplification means fewer errors, less expense, better (and quicker) service delivery, stronger controls and more time for you to add value to the business. For ISPs, service provisioning is a core, 24/7 function that occurs at speeds that demand the utmost accuracy and efficiency. In working towards simplification - automated provisioning is key.

In this blog, we’ll identify five signs that your business is relying on the wrong solutions to your service provisioning challenges, and how automated provisioning systems can remove some of those operational headaches.

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Topics: Process Automation, Provisioning

Five Best Practices for Access Control

Posted by Charles Musto

29-Sep-2015 10:42:25

As networks and application delivery models evolve, security remains top of the mind for IT managers. ISPs hold volumes of sensitive customer information that include personal, financial and other data that, if compromised, could have serious consequences. Also, sub-standard access control mechanisms to the data that resides in your company’s computer systems can lead to unfavourable audit risk reports, lack of confidence in IT and spurn a culture of negligent behaviour. This blog, the first in the series, will take a look at five best practices around access control that will help build a culture of security, integrity and accountability across your organisation.

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Topics: Access Control

Customer Service Advice: How to Outsmart Your Peers

Posted by Charles Musto

16-Sep-2015 10:02:29

“The customer is always right”. “The customer is king”. “Make the customer feel at home”. “Smile and nod”. “Think happy thoughts”. You’ve heard all of this advice before but are you really heeding it?

 

With consumers enjoying a much wider range of choice and no longer forced into lengthy contracts, customer service has become the battleground that determines growth or stagnation for ISPs. Thanks to the internet, consumers are more empowered than ever before, with instant access to a wider selection of product offerings, social media reviews and access to a wealth of background information on companies and their service levels. Customers are quick to judge your level of service and will be more inclined to post a negative review on a public forum if your service is not up to scratch than they would be posting a positive review if you’re doing a good job. This negative public criticism could be crippling to your business, especially in the competitive ISP market.

 

In this blog we’ll take a look at some simple yet effective customer service advice that will help you outsmart your peers and elevate your customers’ experience.

 

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Topics: Advice, Customer Service

Why the rise of ISP Billing Software is nothing to be afraid of

Posted by Charles Musto

26-Aug-2015 11:39:00

One thing that most ISPs have in common is some sort of billing system to handle their subscription-based and ad-hoc billing. For some ISPs this billing system may be a simple spreadsheet. For others, more sophisticated billing software is preferred.

Taking the plunge to move towards automated ISP billing software may seem like taking a huge leap of faith, but when you break it down and look at all the advantages, you'll find that it's possible to make the move without any fear at all.

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Topics: Billing, integrated software

Is Business Automation Software a Smart Investment?

Posted by Charles Musto

04-Aug-2015 12:20:00


Is Business Automation Software a Smart Investment?First, let’s break up the question. If you’re still wondering what Business Automation is, then be sure to check out our handy definitions or download our Executive’s Guide to Automation eBook.

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Topics: Business Automation, Process Automation, Benefits