Well, let me tell you, it’s really cool.
We’ve been hard at work on this since the beginning of the year. 9 months of requirements analysis, development, and planning. It’s a very cool product and we are super excited about it.
Think about all the challenges you encounter when managing rate decks from suppliers. You get them every week, they are all differently formatted, they come in different types of files: .xls, .csv, .txt, and no two are alike. Frankly it’s a giant pain in the butkus!
Well, with the help of several of our customers, we have built what we think is the best auto-rate import tool in the market.
Allow me to tell you why.
First, it’s a cloud-based solution. It doesn’t require any hardware. We host it all in our GCS cloud, which is from Cisco, and is the latest and greatest cloud infrastructure available in the cloud market place. Additionally, we built it from scratch to be independent of our core ICP platform. So, that means not only can our existing customers use it, non-GCS Interconnect Command Platform customers can use it too. If you are a Telarix customer, that’s fine. But if you are a CSG customer, that’s fine too.
Next, we built it from the ground up and leveraged all the latest and greatest User Interface technologies. Now, it’s hard to call a rate management service “beautiful”, but believe me, it’s a great interface. In fact, it’s so good it inspired us to embark on revamping our entire user experience for the core ICP platform. More on that later.
Finally, and maybe most importantly, the features are awesome. I mean just look at some of these features:
Receive and validate price lists via email
Support multiple formats and file types
Support origin-based routing
Apply policies to any attribute(s) within a price list
Leverage comparative analytics tools and develop trend analyses
Identify, alert, and log price list errors
Standardize and integrate price list data across their IXC platform
Manage dial-codes and currencies
And that’s not all the features. Those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head.
So, as carriers of all types and sizes face the same problems when tasked with vendor rate management:
No industry-wide standard for the data format and file type of price lists
No common import format across your back-office management systems
Complexities and errors increase as you increase your interconnects
We have built them the next generation in rate admin tools.
So, it’s a pretty big deal!