Although we are not vendors of Telecommunications Expense Management (TEM) products, or any vendor products for that matter, we are advocates for the use of quality TEM software, or other expense management tools, for day-to-day telecom expense management within enterprises. However, these tools are only as valuable as the information entered. Once data is properly rationalized, TEM products can focus the efforts of the Telecommunications Department "more efficiently."
Tariff changes occur daily in the United States, adding additional layers of complexity for TEM-based software products. If a vendor changes rates, at any point in time, your TEM "tolerance" settings trigger, causing affected accounts to indicate prospective problems in TEM software. In the United States, most vendors have been consistently raising rates multiple times each year.
Another issue of concern, which we discussed in an earlier section of this website, relates to the non-variability of some accounts. If the account you are managing in TEM is consistently invoicing the same amount each month, it does not necessarily mean that the account is invoicing correctly, it means the account is invoicing the same amount consistently. Any account errors will continue to proliferate on an ongoing basis.
If you are unfamiliar with Telecommunications Expense Management software, you can click here, connecting to TMCnet's website. You can read an authoritative explanation of TEM and the value such software may bring to your enterprise expense management efforts (Campbell, 2011). Without properly validated data input, TEM software can become an expensive white elephant, or an investment with limited or even negative ROI. Telecommunications auditing is the essential launching point for proper TEM software investment and implementation.