by Richard Stokes

Have you ever had the bell ring at 5PM (not literally of course), it’s the end of the day and you said to yourself, “Where did the day go?  I didn’t get to those important tasks that I really should have.”  We’ve all been there.  So, the last thing most of us need is extra work.

So, when it comes to shopping your organization’s telecom needs, the effort and time associated with talking to 3-5 different companies, getting their presentations and then doing your due diligence can be a full-time job.

Working with a telecom broker is a great time saver.  Why?  Here are a few reasons as shared by one of our partners; John Hagan, CEO of TeleDataSelect:

Single point of contact
No need to deal with sales reps from multiple providers since an experienced broker has vetted the market and can quickly get you lots of options from all the major providers.  Let them be the single point of contact and do all the leg-work so you can focus on other important tasks.  Not to mention avoiding all the follow-up emails and phone calls you would be getting from the direct sales reps that have to hit their monthly quota.

Help you make an educated decision
Brokers compare options and tell you what to expect. Some carriers have great prices, but install slowly. Others may have a somewhat unorganized installation process, but once the service is running, they perform exceptionally well.  A broker knows the capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses of each of the carriers and will tell you what to expect so you can make an educated decision based on your criteria.

Brokers represent every significant telecom provider
Direct reps are stuck offering only the services that their company can provide.  Brokers on the other hand represent many telecom companies allowing all alternatives to be considered for a network or project.  In fact, many times the right solution may involve several telecom providers for redundancy and diversity purposes, which makes working with a broker very important.

Better yet, brokers like John don’t cost any money!  So, if you haven’t reviewed your telecom bill lately it may be time to do so and remember don’t create any more work for yourself!  We’ve all got enough to do as it is……..wow – is that the time?

Network 1 Consulting is a 14-year-old, IT Support company in Atlanta, GA.  We become – or augment – the IT department for professional services companies: law firms, medical practices and financial services firms.  Our IT experts can fix computers – but what our clients really value is the industry-specific best practices we bring to their firm.  This is especially important with technology, along with regulations and cyber threats, changing so rapidly.  We take a proactive approach to helping our clients use technology to gain and keep their competitive advantage.

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