Matt Clark - President, MasterStream ERP


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How a Dedicated Telecom Quoting Tool Out Performs In-House Solutions

By Matt Clark - President, MasterStream ERP on Nov 24, 2020 10:15:00 AM

Most telecom businesses understand the value of implementing a quoting tool that streamlines or eliminates time-consuming manual processes, while also offering features that improve both the speed and quality of configured quotes being delivered to current and prospective customers.

If you’re in the market for a quoting tool that can modernize your quoting process, your business might be considering in-house development of a proprietary solution. While this may offer some attractive advantages on the service, it can also create limitations that you aren’t as likely to face with an outsourced quoting tool.

Here are some of the ways an outsourced telecom quoting tool can out-perform any potential in-house alternative.

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Digital Transformation in Telecom Necessitates Data Intelligence

By Matt Clark - President, MasterStream ERP on Nov 19, 2020 10:15:00 AM

Digital transformation in the telecom industry has set a pace that many providers struggle to match. The rise of fiber, broadband, 4G, and now 5G LTE, along with fixed wireless and copper networks, has caused enterprise data consumption to explode in recent years. The same is true for managed and cloud-based business applications.

The blurred lines between phone, cable TV, and internet consumption have further increased the demands placed on telecom services. As streaming has increased, so have the number of cloud-based services used by consumers on a daily basis.

Managing this increased data volume requires new data intelligence tools and strategies for telecom services. Here’s a look at some of the innovative solutions that will help you improve data management, and deliver improved quality of service, to your customers.

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Telecom Sales Automation for Higher Prospect to Customer Rates

By Matt Clark - President, MasterStream ERP on Nov 12, 2020 10:15:00 AM

Whether you’re a telecom carrier, broker, or reseller, the challenge of converting customers is the same: Stocking and converting your sales pipeline is often a time-consuming and inefficient process.  

Telecom sales automation gives you the tools you need to build and maintain momentum for your company’s growth, optimizing your engagement strategy to achieve a higher prospect-to-customer rate for those sales efforts. 

Here are the 8 proven methods by which telecom sales automation helps enhance customer acquisition rates.

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3 Solutions For A "Concierge" Approach in The Telecom Channel

By Matt Clark - President, MasterStream ERP on Sep 25, 2018 6:38:29 AM

Distributing telecom products and services through the agent channel comes with a wide array of challenges. As options have become more complex, some Channel Chiefs have chosen to deploy a Concierge (white glove) approach to supporting and enabling their channel partners.  This approach typically involves a Channel Manager or other resource to personally process quotes and provide support for the agent. The strategy has been successfully deployed in many diverse use cases with varying degrees of success.  Let’s take a look at the model.

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How a Quoting as a Service Model (CPQaaS) Outperforms a CPQ Model

By Matt Clark - President, MasterStream ERP on Aug 31, 2018 7:51:05 AM

For the majority of businesses, the desire to handle lead to cash workflow processes in as few systems as possible has a strong attraction.  Most organize their processes around a strong CRM and compliment that with an integration to their order/provisioning/billing system.  There are several complex services that pull businesses into more systems, but one such service is quoting. 

Topics: Quoting
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Quoteception: Interconnectedness and Complexity of Customer Quoting

By Matt Clark - President, MasterStream ERP on Jul 24, 2018 12:24:09 PM

The term quoteception is meant to be a play on words related to the 2010 science fiction thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio called Inception.  In the film, Dom Cobb (Leonardo’s character) spends his time in a dream world using dream technology in corporate espionage activities. As the story progresses, they move into deeper layers of dream states with each layer becoming more complicated and potentially impactful. As things get more complicated, Dom uses a spinning top to know if he is still in a dream or back in reality. If the top spins without falling, he knows he is still in a dream and if it falls, he knows it is reality.   

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Keeping Telecom Sales and Operations Working in Harmony

By Matt Clark - President, MasterStream ERP on Jun 15, 2018 10:37:31 AM

We all know the tension that can be maintained between sales and operations.  Even the best teams struggle with the quality of new orders and the ability to deliver on customer expectations.  A slightly misaligned product configuration from a salesperson can produce quota attainment, but that same sale can translate into a missed installation interval for the project manager assigned.  Round and round we go … doing our best to hit the sales number and also hit the installation-revenue numbers. All the while dealing with challenging customers who don’t understand or appreciate the complexity behind the scenes.

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