GRAPA Standards for 2010

datePosted on 07:28, September 16th, 2009 by admin

We are more than half finished with the year 2009 and it has been an exciting and dynamic year for GRAPA. The biggest single event of 2009 was the publication and distribution of our first officially ratified set of standards. In just a few short months, we have distributed over 2000 copies of these standards, and the reports are overwhelmingly positive from every region and segment of the industry.

Summer in Luxembourg; Christmas in Las Vegas

datePosted on 11:28, September 4th, 2009 by admin

I really love my job! Who else gets the chance to go so many different places and meet so many different, interesting, intelligent and talented people?

For the next few weeks, I will be teaching and working in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Usually at this point, I would joke about how my American friends have no idea where Luxembourg is, but I have a feeling that the majority of our GRAPA membership may not know either.

Conferences, Vacations and Education – GRAPA User Groups

datePosted on 12:21, August 17th, 2009 by admin

How many times have you heard conversations like this?

“Are you going to the IMAZ Conference this year?”

“No, why do you ask?”

“Oh, it’s being held in IBIZA, great beaches, super suntans”

“Yes, but what are they going to be talking about?”

“Oh, you know the usual. A couple of software companies will be trying to sell the same old stuff. Jim is going to give that same speech he gives every year”

Revenue Assurance Reboot – Converting KPIs to Clarity

datePosted on 15:59, August 10th, 2009 by Rob Mattison

Have you noticed there are some people who are good with computers, and other people who are not? At least for me, it is funny to watch somebody who does not get it when it comes to computer use get angry and frustrated when the computer doesn’t do what they think it should.

Revenue Assurance – Global Village or Isolated Isle?

datePosted on 15:36, August 5th, 2009 by Rob Mattison

“The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

That is an old saying that keeps proving itself in the world of telecommunications. For decades now, telecommunications have grown, expanded and developed into one of the largest and most profitable and influential industries in the world.

Taking Revenue Assurance TO THE EXTREME

datePosted on 11:02, July 29th, 2009 by Rob Mattison

GRAPA staff writer Katherine B. and I sat down recently to discuss the new Revenue Assurance to the Extreme program that we here at GRAPA have just finished developing. Kathy interviewed me, and let me explain what this exciting new revenue assurance training program is all about.

K. Rob, tell us all about this new program, what do you mean by “Revenue Assurance to the Extreme” and why have you put it together?

R: Well Katherine, we have been very heavily involved for the past six months in conducting training programs, workshops and interviews with revenue assurance professionals, CFO’s, CIO’s, CTO”s and Regulators and we discovered several interesting things.

After several years, it was good to return to the global city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to hold a South East Asian revenue assurance training and certification event. Kuala Lumpur has changed a lot in the last few years. It has become unbelievably modern, sophisticated and more comfortable then ever before. It was a real pleasure for those people attending the revenue assurance training event to get around and see the many tourist attractions such as the Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur Tower and Batu Caves .

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.

Radio Side Revenue Assurance: What is Next?

datePosted on 06:30, June 4th, 2009 by Rob Mattison

It has become the nature of telecommunications where accelerated development and deployment of a constant stream of new products and technologies has become de rigueur. And more often than not, it is the revenue assurance (RA) professionals who end up dealing with the hard and unglamorous work of actually monetizing these offerings and ensuring revenue maximization. This is already happening with GPRS, 3G, WiMAX, content delivery, and any number of other new business models that have sprung up just in the past few years. As if that wasn’t enough, African and Middle Eastern carriers are now attaching billing functions to the radio side of the network.