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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.

How to Take Home Field Advantage with Carrier Value Assessments, Explains Alsbridge

(Dallas, Texas) October 01, 2013The results of a carrier value assessment, whether they are sub-par or super-par, represent game-changers for the buyer organization, explains Alsbridge Inc., a benchmarking, sourcing and transformation advisory firm. The firm’s latest report- Assessing The Value of Network Carrier Relationships-explains how carrier value assessments can help buyers ascertain and gain real, sustainable and business strategy-aligned value from their carrier partners on par with market standards.

“Today’s enterprises struggle with assessing the value – or lack thereof – that their relationships and contracts with their carriers actually deliver in support of their strategic, cost, and operational goals,” says Chip Wagner, CEO at Alsbridge.

Alsbridge benchmarking data proves that even though carrier price points are declining, the 30 to 40 percent price spread it regularly sees during client engagements makes it clear that the savings aren’t being actively passed on to customers. Even when buyers ask for and receive price concessions, most lack the benchmarking data-based knowledge to help them determine what the market will bear, resulting in less than optimal savings.

“It’s Up to Buyers to Take the Home Field Advantage with Carrier Value Assessments,” adds Wagner. “To ensure alignment with strategic imperatives, the buyers must instill carrier accountability and make certain pricing, service levels, and terms and conditions on par with market standards.”

Alsbridge recommends enterprises undertake comprehensive carrier value assessments every 12 to 18 months. The assessments should addresses revenue, expense/profit, operations and image, both in and of themselves, and in relation to current carrier practices and industry trends.

Their next step should be engaging in a multiple vendor RFP at least 12 months before their contract expires, unless the carrier value assessment results drive RFP tendering farther in advance of agreement expiration. The RFP should include all full-service and business grade providers, and specialty players as appropriate, in order to enable evaluation of all proposed solutions, service levels, and contract terms.

For further details on how buyer organizations can ascertain and gain real, sustainable and business strategy-aligned value from their carrier partners, download the complete whitepaper Assessing The Value of Network Carrier Relationships.

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.

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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.