CA (NYSE: CA) today announced an agreement with Asentinel that will enable customers to incorporate management of voice and data communications assets and budgets into their overall IT Governance strategies.
Under the agreement, CA will resell Asentinel 5.0, a comprehensive telecom expense management (TEM) software application that the companies have integrated with CA's asset portfolio management and security management softwareâenabling organizations to manage their entire IT asset base, including telecommunications assets, from a single point of control.
According to a recent Gartner report, "Gartner sees telecom service savings in the first year of between 15% and 35% of the spend level, depending on how managed the services have been previously." *
The integration between CA's software and Asentinel 5.0, which streamlines the entire TEM life-cycle process for wireline, wireless, voice, data and telecom equipment assets and expenses, provides this unified approachâallowing IT organizations to more effectively manage all IT assets as well as align budgets with business priorities and optimize expense allocations.
"To exercise essential financial discipline, IT executives and CFOs need visibility into the full range of enterprise technology costs," said Allan Andersen, vice president of product management at CA. "Our agreement with Asentinel enables us to deliver that end-to-end financial visibility, so that our customers can more effectively align technology spending with business goals."
The average Fortune 500 company's total telecom expenses exceed $116 million and at least 10% of that is being wasted through inefficient telecom expense management. This makes it critical to detect errors in billing, discover opportunities for savings, appropriately allocate expenses across the business, and accurately project future spending.
This agreement reflects CA's growing presence in the telecom market, as the lines between enterprise computing, ecommerce, and voice communications continue to blur. "Our agreement with CA places our solutions squarely in the broader context of IT governance, which is where they belong," said David C. Perdue, Asentinel CEO. "We look forward to working with CA to help its customers save money and improve their IT and telecom expense management processes."
*Gartner, "Top 10 Strategies for Developing a TEM Services Relationship," Eric Goodness and Phillip Redman, August 13, 2007