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What If Your Revenue Assurance Problem Is IT? Look In A Mirror.

datePosted on 17:59, August 19th, 2010 by grapa

I’ve been in the telecommunications industry for a very long time. My first job after university, back in the ancient times, was with ATT in Chicago. Since then, I have been privileged to work for many different telcos in a lot of different capacities.

What most people don’t know is that even though I have degrees in Statistics and a Masters Degree in Telecommunications, my original career was in IT. For more than half of my career, although I was working for telcos, I was doing that work as a telecoms IT guy. I am a true IT geek.

Revenue Assurance : Where Do We Go From Here?

datePosted on 05:35, July 22nd, 2010 by admin

The more things change, the more they remain the same. That is an old saying that keeps proving itself to be true, and nowhere do we see more change than in the telecoms and revenue assurance area. Since GRAPA’s founding in 2007 there have been several major revolutions in the practice of revenue assurance. We have seen revenue assurance move up in status and importance in many organizations around the world. We have seen revenue assurance teams grow quite rapidly in most telcos. We have seen the role of revenue assurance expand to include dozens of new domains and areas as CFO’s and CEO’s have come to appreciate the real value that revenue assurance can deliver to the bottom and top line of the company’s financial statements.

Elephant Envy and Other Disorders

datePosted on 08:56, May 27th, 2010 by admin

Having goals is wonderful. That is how set up measures for ourselves and assess our progress. However, goal setting can create problems, especially when it comes to choosing role models. What happened to those who regarded Toyota as the example of how to run a car company? What about those who chose Tiger Woods as a role model for the professional and ethical behaviors of “winners”?  Yes, the business of setting goals and selecting a role model to follow can have some serious backlash.

Visiting Germany – Riding the Revenue Assurance Autobahn

datePosted on 05:38, February 18th, 2010 by admin

This week we had a break in our training schedule, so Brigitte and I spent a week in Germany visiting family. I love Germany. That should be obvious, since I married a German. Brigitte was born and raised in Augsburg in the Southern part of Germany known as Bavaria.

With its beautiful countryside, rolling landscape, forests and farms Germany is a pretty place and always a treat for me to visit. We called on my in-laws, helped my niece Anna with her English lessons and trigonometry homework, and visited the famous Augsburg Christmas market.

Myth 1: Revenue Assurance is About CDRs

datePosted on 13:17, June 9th, 2009 by Rob Mattison

Recently, the 500th student went through GRAPA Revenue Assurance Academy core training and this milestone inspired some reflection. Certain myths about the function of revenue assurance continue to prevail. I would like to open up the dialog in an effort to demystify  the twelve most common myths of revenue assurance.


Myth 1:

The Twelve Myths of Revenue Assurance

datePosted on 13:08, June 9th, 2009 by Rob Mattison

Recently, the 500th student went through GRAPA Revenue Assurance Academy core training. Reaching this momentous milestone inspires some reflection.

In meeting revenue assurance professionals from China, South East Asia, Australia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Africa, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia and Chicago a few things have become apparent:

  • The practice of revenue assurance is moving in a consistent direction no matter where you go, being helped to no small degree by the GRAPA standards and other consensus building activities
  • Revenue assurance professionals are alike wherever they practice. They are highly intelligent, risk takers, good negotiators, take pride in their work and work tirelessly and diligently.

About the Technology Briefing Track

datePosted on 05:46, April 7th, 2009 by Rob Mattison

New technology is the lifeblood of the telco. It is estimated that major improvements and technological innovations are invented daily at labs and sites around the world. Clearly, if the revenue assurance professional is going to be effective, they need to be aware of how all of these different technologies work. In this series we will attempt to provide the membership with insights into the concepts, vocabulary and issues associated with assuring a wide range of different technologies.

About the Revenue Assurance Practices Track

datePosted on 06:16, April 6th, 2009 by Rob Mattison

When it comes to revenue assurance there are a number of areas of concern.

We need to be aware of our organizational positioning and the way that we integrate revenue assurance into the overall operational framework of our companies. We need to worry about the technology, the systems, the organizations and the environmental factors that make up our environment, and that make revenue assurance easy or hard. We need to understand that in the final analysis, what most people want to know is: how exactly is it done? What are the standard practices that people follow in order to do revenue assurance in this area? How do I know if I am doing too much, too little or just the right amount? This is where Standard Practices come in.

2009: The Year of the Revenue Assurance Professional

datePosted on 12:48, March 2nd, 2009 by Rob Mattison

Will 2009 be “the year of the revenue assurance professional?” It’s funny how things work out. Since the earliest days of telecommunications there’s always been someone, some small group of people, who kept their eyes on the revenue stream and fought to make sure that the telecommunication company realized as much revenue as possible. Back in those olden days the job wasn’t given much credit and it certainly wasn’t formally defined. In those days it was just expected that everything would and should be working without those pesky “leakages”.