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Alsbridge Named to World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors List by IAOP for Sixth Consecutive Year

We are pleased to announce that Alsbridge Inc., has been named to the list of World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors by IAOP, for the sixth consecutive year. The 2014 Global Outsourcing 100® and The World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors® by The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals® (IAOP®) recognizes the world’s best outsourcing service providers and advisors.

“We are pleased to be recognized by the highly respected judges and IAOP as a leader in outsourcing consulting,” said Chip Wagner, CEO of Alsbridge. “This recognition validates our continuing mission to provide our valued clients with the most comprehensive set of benchmarking, outsourcing consulting and network advisory services available today.”

The IAOP will announce rankings in June. Alsbridge has consistently ranked in the top five over the last six years.

“At a time when there is a growing need to outsource, The Global Outsourcing 100 and The World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors lists have become invaluable reference tools to help companies research service providers,” said Debi Hamill, IAOP CEO. “The companies named on these lists and sub lists have demonstrated their expertise following a rigorous, independently judged process and represent the top in the industry.”

The 2014 Global Outsourcing 100 and The World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors recognizes the world’s best outsourcing service providers and advisors and are based on applications received and evaluated by an independent judging panel organized by IAOP.

The 2014 panel is led by IAOP chief advisor of thought leadership, IAOP, Jagdish Dalal, COP and president of JDalal Associates, LLC. The panel includes:

  • Gregory Dawson, Ph.D., COP , Assistant Professor of Information Systems, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University.
  • Teresa Harris, COP, Global Supplier Relationship Manager, GE
  • William Hefley , Ph.D., CDP, COP, Clinical Associate Professor, Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business
  • Sean Heston, COP , Senior Manager, Supplier Partnerships & Management, Sprint
  • Cheryl Seely , COP, Manager, Thomson Reuters
  • Paul Quaglia, COP , Vice President, WMS Gaming
  • Vera Marques, CIO, Roche

For further details see our related press release.

About Alsbridge Inc.

Alsbridge is a global consulting firm that helps companies transform and optimize the way they purchase, manage and leverage technology and business processes.   We have over 175 team members on 4 continents serving over 200 clients a year including more than 40% of the Fortune 500.  Alsbridge has helped hundreds of companies reduce costs and get more value from their vendors.  Our experienced consultants leverage proprietary tools and information databases to identify and engage the optimal vendors for your situation, negotiate best practice terms at fair market prices, and improve the way you work with your service providers.  Alsbridge clients utilize the most cost effective and value added sources globally for IT infrastructure services, network carrier services, hardware and software, application support and development, business processes and cloud services.

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How to Achieve the Highest Possible ROI with Your Current Wide Area Network (WAN), Alsbridge Shares Insights

Alsbridge Inc., today announced an eSeminar on how enterprises can achieve the highest possible ROI with their current Wide Area Networkon January 23, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET.

Apart from achieving the highest possible ROI, the major concerns for an enterprise about its network performance include network competitiveness with the market; the right mix of internet, Ethernet, MPLS and wireless for the firm; and application performance consistency.

Alsbridge Managing Consultant, Rob Long, and Transformation Director Mark Minorik, will put these concerns to rest as they lead a lively discussion on next generation Wide Area Network designs, assessment methodologies and examples of best practices.

Attendees of this eSeminar will learn:

  • Ideas for cost compression and revenue for the IP network
  • Sample steps to Improve Application Performance
  • What elements can be adopted to make network cloud friendly?
  • Identifying weak links or potential problem areas from scoring
  • Insight on outsourced management models

To register for the eSeminar visit Are you getting the highest possible ROI with your current Wide Area Network (WAN)?

Seats are limited and early registration is recommended.

The Truth about Your International Network Contract That Could Save You Big Dollars

Through the convergence of Voice and Data brought on by MPLS services, Data networks now represent most companies’ largest telecom expense category. Interestingly though, a large component of this spend is often ignored when negotiating WAN networking contracts. a latest report by Alsbridge Inc., a benchmarking, sourcing and transformation advisory firm – The Expensive Truth about Your International Network Contract- reveals the truth about the international network contracts that could vastly reduce network costs for companies.

According to the report, no carrier has the ability to truly be able to provide enterprises with full end-to end service entirely on their network. Instead, they purchase these circuits from local in-region PTTs, incumbent telcos and competitive providers. The telecom carriers have for some time proffered the notion that the rates charged for these local access loops represent merely a pass through charge for them. This is hard to believe coming from a group that charges surcharges for everything from their cost of collecting and remitting USF to their real estate taxes. That said, even if they are taken at their word, there is still a large area of potential, and based on Alsbridge analysis real, cost variance here.

Carriers with local in region footprint typically have better pricing than US Domestics in foreign countries. The same holds true for companies like BT and Orange when we’re talking US sites. “If you’re about to issue an RFP, and you’ve got a fair percentage of international locations, it can be advantageous to include the local foreign carriers in the bidding,” says Dieter Thompson, President, Alsbridge. “At minimum, this can help provide a view into the international local loop pricing.”

“In your networking contract, require that your telecom carrier conduct access optimization on an annual basis,” advises Alsbridge CEO, Chip Wagner. “Their network reach in foreign countries is always changing and a year or two later may allow for shorter more logical loops.” In addition, the more open international markets see natural price compression from competition much the same as the US does. The report advises clients to make sure that that install charges are waived and circuit term minimums of 12 months to avoid missing taking advantage of these cost savings. Finally, the report advises checking on the availability of Ethernet Access in international locations. Ethernet availability is greater in most countries than here in the US and is usually more cost efficient.

For further details the complete report can be downloaded here:  The Expensive Truth About Your International Network Contract.

Alsbridge Releases a New Report on Best Practices for Managing Next Generation Converged Networks

(Dallas, Texas) August 21, 2013 – A recent report by award winning benchmarking, sourcing and transformation advisory firm, Alsbridge, Inc. – Best Practices for Next Generation Converged Networks: Part 1 & 2– shares  guidelines that will enable network managers to enhance their network operations, make better/more disciplined decisions and provide superior service to their enterprise-wide customers.

The first steps network managers must take in providing high-quality service to users of their enterprises’ multi-million dollar IP networks are utilizing tools to gain visibility into performance issues, and leveraging the right data to isolate problems before they directly affect internal and external customers. This two-part report by Alsbridge spells out actionable, operational steps for today’s network management teams to achieve top-tier performance, including:

  • Recreating issues to identify root cause
  • Simplifying configurations
  • Instilling repeatable operations
  • Educating customers

“Even the best-architected networks can suffer from mild to major execution issues,” said Alsbridge CEO, Chip Wagner. “But, just as a mechanic cannot evaluate what is going on under a car’s hood without opening it, network managers can’t manage, measure or improve what they can’t see.”

Finding and preventing operational and application issues in proactive manner is a key ingredient in sustaining a healthy network and end user experience. To make inroads on preventative IP network management, Alsbridge recommends prioritizing the implementation of processes, education, and tooling.

“Network managers face a major uphill battle in provisioning expected flawless performance to all end users in their enterprise. But with the right visibility tools and data, they will be well armed to address the challenges they face every day,” Wagner explained.

For further details on how network managers can achieve the holy grail of top-tier performance, download the full report from Alsbridge here:
•    Best Management Practices for Next Generation Converged Networks: Part 1 
•    Best Management Practices for Next Generation Converged Networks: Part 2 

About Alsbridge Inc.

Alsbridge is a global consulting firm that provides data-driven sourcing advisory and benchmarking services for IT, Finance and Sourcing executives.  We’ve helped hundreds of companies reduce costs and get more value from their vendors.  Our experienced consultants leverage proprietary tools and information databases to identify and engage the optimal vendors for your situation, negotiate best practice terms at fair market prices, and improve the way you work with your vendors.  Alsbridge clients utilize the most cost effective and value added sources globally for IT infrastructure services, hardware and maintenance, network services, software and maintenance, application support and development, business processes and cloud services. Alsbridge was ranked the #1 outsourcing advisor in the world by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) based on the value delivered to clients.  This commitment to delivering value to our clients has made Alsbridge a distinguished member of the 2010 Inc. 500 fastest growing privately held companies in America.

Alsbridge Adds Former Level 3 Communications Vice President, Jeff Cosby to its Network Consulting Team

Alsbridge, the global leader in data-driven benchmarking, outsourcing and transformation services for CXO executives, today announced former Level 3 Communications Vice President, Jeff Cosby, has joined Alsbridge’s team of talented network consultants as a Managing Director.

In his new role as Managing Director at Alsbridge, Jeff will lead all aspects of client sourcing engagements utilizing the company’s business information management platform, including Alsbridge’s Telecom Expense Management (TEM) services.

Jeff Cosby has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry including strategic market planning, M&A, global account management, sales engineering, P&L leadership, cross functional team management, bankruptcy contract negotiation and domestic & international telecom contract negotiation. As a telecom advisor and negotiator Jeff specializes in telecommunications network sourcing and outsourcing projects, including long-term telecom outsourcing deals for large enterprises. In addition to his extensive telecommunication negotiation experience, Jeff has extensive global wire-line expertise throughout North America, EMEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America.

“Jeff has a successful track record of skillfully assisting his clients in assessing their current telecom services without interfering with the quality of the relationship between the client and telecom carrier,” says Alsbridge CEO, Chip Wagner. “We are very pleased to have Jeff join our team of talented network consultants as Alsbridge continues to grow through talent acquisition.”

Prior to Alsbridge, Jeff held a distinguished career in management with Level 3 Communications, Verizon Business and 360networks.  Jeff holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Oklahoma.

About Alsbridge Inc.

Alsbridge provides world class sourcing advisory and benchmarking services for the CIO, CFO and CPO.  We’ve helped hundreds of companies reduce costs and get more value from their vendors.  Our experienced consultants leverage proprietary tools and information databases to identify and engage the optimal vendors for your situation, negotiate best practice terms at fair market prices, and improve the way you work with your vendors.  Alsbridge clients utilize the most cost effective and value added sources globally for IT infrastructure services, hardware and maintenance, network services, software and maintenance, application support and development, business processes and cloud services. Alsbridge was ranked the #1 outsourcing advisor in the world by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) based on the value delivered to clients.  This commitment to delivering value to our clients has made Alsbridge a distinguished member of the 2010 Inc. 500 fastest growing privately held companies in America.