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The Network Collective (TNC), the leading UK based network and telecoms consultancy, host Down The Wire Podcast. You can expect unique, vendor independent telecoms insight. TNC's CEO, John Waterhouse, and CTO, Craig Northveth, along with special guests, share our expert advice and real world buying behaviours from the network, telecoms and mobility industry.

Down The Wire Podcast The Network Collective

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The Network Collective (TNC), the leading UK based network and telecoms consultancy, host Down The Wire Podcast. You can expect unique, vendor independent telecoms insight. TNC's CEO, John Waterhouse, and CTO, Craig Northveth, along with special guests, share our expert advice and real world buying behaviours from the network, telecoms and mobility industry.

    Mobile Procurement – There’s a Storm Coming…

    Mobile Procurement – There’s a Storm Coming…

    Joining TNC’s CEO, John Waterhouse, to share his expertise is TNC’s Head of Consulting, and lead mobile expert, Adrian Joyce.

    This topic is incredibly interesting and very timely - from Brexit and its impact on EU roaming, to 5G use cases, post-COVID changes, and lots in between.

    Over the years mobile procurement has assumed almost a utility feel as prices were reduced, Tech Funds lessened, mobile devices were retained for longer periods and coverage issues declined (with improved coverage and Wi-Fi calling). Frankly, not much changed from one procurement cycle to the next.

    However, there is a perfect storm forming that will change all the above and may mean your next mobile procurement will be the hardest and most important in a decade.

    Adrian explains the following in detail:
    Why there is a storm coming in mobile procurement – what the contributing factors areThe impact of EU roaming post Brexit The impact on inflation on mobile dealsWhether 5G is a ‘must have’  If you would like to find out more about how TNC can help you, and your organisation, we would be delighted to talk to you and share our experience and knowledge. Please get in touch using the below contact details.

    https://www.networkcollective.co.uk
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-network-collective
    Email: info@networkcollective.co.uk

    Music by
    Riptide by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4288-riptide
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 25 min
    Planning A Successful Network Transformation

    Planning A Successful Network Transformation

    TNC's CTO, Craig Northveth, discusses how to plan a successful network transformation with TNC’s Principal Consultant, Clare Tyndall, in this episode of TNC’s Down The Wire Podcast. 
    Some of the points covered include:
    Establishing a baseline is an essential first step in the network transformation process, which naturally leads to requirements gatheringSome suppliers promise the world, but can they deliver?How TNC’s agile procurement process enables outcome-based network sourcing strategiesHow to ensure there is flexibility in the contract to allow for new technology in the future, as there is a revolution happening in this spaceA quick reminder about TNC:
    We are the UK’s largest independent telecoms professional services consultancy We support over 280 major UK and multinational organisationsWe deliver the full lifecycle of Strategy, Sourcing, Deployment and In-life Managed Services, such as billing management, vendor management and in-life service management for all types of network and telecoms servicesIf you would like to find out more about how TNC can help you, and your organisation, we would be delighted to talk to you and share our experience and knowledge. Please get in touch using the below contact details. 
    https://www.networkcollective.co.uk/
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-network-collective 
    Email: info@networkcollective.co.uk 
    Music by
    Riptide by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4288-riptide
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 25 min
    Procurement Expert, Karl Walton, on Whether to Re-negotiate or Re-tender your Telecoms Contracts

    Procurement Expert, Karl Walton, on Whether to Re-negotiate or Re-tender your Telecoms Contracts

    We are delighted to welcome special guest, Karl Walton, to the podcast. Karl is one of the highest profile IT procurement professionals in the UK. Karl has led the development and execution of market-leading procurement strategies across a very broad range of IT, network, telecoms and mobility services, delivering technology and operational transformation, as well as lowest lifetime TCO.
    There is a revolution sweeping through the network and telecoms market, with transformational technologies such as SD-WAN and cloud-based contact centre and telephony services racing to meet fast-changing demand for services to enable and support business change.
    Of course, this revolution in use cases for network and telecoms is taking place in a time of unprecedented economic challenge for many organisations, meaning there is a very strong focus on cost and at a minimum ensuring transformation is achieved within budget, and very often whilst delivering cost savings.
    Given these challenges, it should be no surprise that developing the most effective procurement strategies is critical to addressing these complex objectives. Which is why we are addressing this topic with Karl in this episode: what is most effective procurement strategy, and how should organisations make those choices?


    https://www.networkcollective.co.uk/
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-network-collective
    Email: info@networkcollective.co.uk 
    Music by
    Riptide by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4288-riptide
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 31 min
    Is Co-management the Future Model for Your Network?

    Is Co-management the Future Model for Your Network?

    As TNC has reported through many recent podcasts and articles, there is a technological revolution sweeping through the enterprise network market. However, harnessing sexy new technology is only part of the story – for organisations to achieve their objectives of delivering agile, flexible network services to support their business objectives, they are also going to have to build a more agile, flexible operating model to support and deliver that infrastructure. 
    Whilst many organisations will continue to pursue the “managed service”, others are looking to new models to achieve their objectives. So, we explore the options to build these new operating models, and particularly the option of co-management, which many believe will be the future operating model of choice for most.
    If you would like to find out more about how TNC can help you, and your organisation, we would be delighted to talk to you and share our experience and knowledge. Please get in touch using the below contact details.
    https://www.networkcollective.co.uk/
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-network-collective 
    Email: info@networkcollective.co.uk 
    Music by
    Riptide by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4288-riptide
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 25 min
    UCaaS vs. CCaaS vs. CPaaS

    UCaaS vs. CCaaS vs. CPaaS

    TNC's CTO, Craig Northveth, discusses how and why UCaaS, CCaaS and CPaaS are beginning to have a huge impact on the telecoms market with TNC’s Principal Consultant, Clare Tyndall, in this episode of TNC’s Down The Wire Podcast. 
    The ‘as a service’ communications topics covered by Craig and Clare include:
    What the core principles of UCaaS, CCaaS and CPaaS areWhy it is such a hot topic nowDrill down into the Contact Centre solutionsUnified Communications market overviewBuying behaviours of large, UK based organisations A quick reminder about TNC:
    We are the UK’s largest independent telecoms professional services consultancy We support over 280 major UK and multinational organisationsWe deliver the full lifecycle of Strategy, Sourcing, Deployment and In-life Managed Services, such as billing management, vendor management and in-life service management for all types of network and telecoms servicesIf you would like to find out more about how TNC can help you, and your organisation, we would be delighted to talk to you and share our experience and knowledge. Please get in touch using the below contact details.
    https://www.networkcollective.co.uk/
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-network-collective 
    Email: info@networkcollective.co.uk 


    Music by
    Riptide by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4288-riptide
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 21 min
    Is It Time To Spring Clean Your Network and Telecoms Estates?

    Is It Time To Spring Clean Your Network and Telecoms Estates?

    TNC’s Down The Wire Podcast brings you Episode number 8 entitled “Is It Time To Spring Clean Your Network and Telecoms Estates?”
    John Waterhouse, CEO at TNC, interviews Head of Consulting and TNC commercial guru, Adrian Joyce. 
    This is a brilliant topic because cleaning up your network and telecoms estates is one of the most effective, but least well-known approaches to delivering cost savings. In TNC’s expert opinion, this is one of those rare approaches every organisation can take, irrespective of where they are in their technology, contract, or procurement cycle, and almost all organisations will achieve cost savings and wider operational benefits. However, this approach is often over-looked
    Network and telecoms estate management can be challenging for several reasons and this complexity is fertile ground for errors to arise – whether that is mis-billing by service providers, or estates becoming unclean because services that should be ceased aren’t, the long-term effect is that organisations lose track of their inventories, and therefore their billing.
    Most industry research suggests that the cumulative effect is substantial – the average organisation is reckoned to be spending 12% more on network and telecoms services than they should be, because of their inaccurate inventories and billing.
    What can be done to address these issues, and drive cost savings? The short answer is ‘audit and cleanse’. The following questions are answered in depth:
    What exactly is audit and cleanse?
    What is the size of the prize?
    Are there other benefits organisations gain from cleaning their estates?
    What are the key steps to successfully deliver audit and cleanse? 
    If you would like to find out more about how TNC can help you, and your organisation, we would be delighted to talk to you and share our experience and knowledge. Please get in touch using the below contact details. 
    https://www.networkcollective.co.uk/
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-network-collective
    Email: info@networkcollective.co.uk 
    Music by
    Riptide by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4288-riptide
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 24 min

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