Comptel Research: Only 16 Percent Telcos Have Fully Integrated OSS/BSS

According to a recent survey by Comptel among 50 communications service provider (CSP) marketing and IT decision-makers across EMEA, Latin America and Asia Pacific on their 2014 business and technology priorities, 66 percent of them believe that bridging departmental information gaps is a top-to-moderate priority. Only 12% of CIOs/CTOs ticked very or extremely likely to involve their company’s marketing department in technology strategy, while 32 percent of CMOs said that their companies are very or extremely likely to involve the technology department in marketing campaigns. 

The survey also highlights the need to have a fully integrated OSS/BSS as only 16% cite having them, although 82% of CMOs and CIOs/CTOs say ideally they would either consolidate every department’s data sets or at least collaboration business decision-making.

Key Highlights from the Survey

There’s a noticeable difference when it comes to executives’ top priorities in 2014. For CMOs, understanding gaps in the service delivery process (72 percent) and understanding customer experience on a granular level (64 percent) are the most important priorities, whereas CIOs/CTOs care more about improving network performance (68 percent) and delivering new products (60 percent).

Two-thirds (66%) of those surveyed said that their companies are working towards event-driven process automation in 2014. CMOs and CIOs/CTOs see customer experience management (62 percent) and quality of service (60 percent) management as the two areas that could benefit most from increased automation and the resulting operational efficiencies.

It’s clear that telco executives see the power Big Data analytics holds for their businesses. More than six in ten (64%) agreed that their departments are leveraging it for customer service. In the survey, the majority of respondents noted that customer demographic (68%), network information (66%) and social interactions (64%) are required for effective decision-making. 

“According to our research, telco executives believe that everyone across the company—not just their organisation—should have a shared interest in delivering high quality of service (96 percent) and customer experience (80 percent). This is a great start at building a common ground for the traditionally siloed marketing and IT departments,” said Juhani Hintikka, president and CEO, Comptel. “But without unifying technology systems, CSPs can’t optimally leverage their data to get a holistic view of the business and, in turn, take the proper actions to achieve these goals or any others for that matter.”

 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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