Azure Solutions, the revenue-assurance company, today announced a global partnering agreement with global enterprise data warehouse (EDW) leader, Teradata, a division of NCR Corporation. This agreement combines the Teradata Warehouse with Azure's Certo 2 revenue-assurance software to help telecommunications firms reduce revenue leakage and leverage the data that is collected during the revenue-assurance process.
"Teradata is the leader in enterprise data warehousing and revenue-assurance projects now require a robust EDW to enable an integrated, collated view of the customer transaction from a single access point," said Steven Bruny, president of Azure Solutions. "This partnership with Teradata made perfect sense from our vantage point as the amount of data generated through our systems continues to grow with IP-based and content-centric network offerings."
The partnership between Azure and Teradata addresses the need for carriers to improve their revenue-assurance programs and to better manage the explosive growth in operational network data. With revenue assurance, carriers seek to ensure every sale, transaction and event - metered or non-metered - is turned into cash as soon as possible.
Azure's Certo 2 revenue-assurance platform allows carriers to monitor and correct revenue leakage problems on their networks in real time. Certo 2 uses advanced process automation to provide end-to-end visibility and control of the entire revenue lifecycle - faster, more cost-effectively and with greater accuracy and fewer resources than any other solution in the marketplace.
Teradata's enterprise data warehouse builds an end-to-end view of subscriber usage transactions and analyses data with the latest integrated tools. These offer revenue assurance analysts greater and more timely insights into usage data. That means companies have a platform for performing root-cause analysis using detailed data, and that moves toward faster analysis and problem resolution thereby recovering leaked revenue sooner.
"We are pleased to form this relationship with Azure Solutions, both because of the breadth of the company's product line and its solid reputation as a world leader in revenue assurance," said Tony Samuels, Teradata Communication, Media & Entertainment industry vice president. "With Azure's Certo 2 and Teradata's linearly-scalable database platform, customers are able to process billions of call detail records (CDRs) per day. Operators can now store, retrieve and better analyse the data they collect from their revenue assurance initiatives."
About Azure Solutions
Azure Solutions is the world's largest revenue-assurance company. It is headquartered in London, with people in Westminster (Colorado), Ipswich, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, Barcelona, Islamabad, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and Mexico City. Azure's end-to-end revenue-assurance product portfolio for current-generation networks includes Data Integrity, Wholesale and Interconnect Billing, International Settlements, Fraud Management, Mediation Management, Translation and Rating, Event Integrity and Route Optimisation. Over the last 12 months Azure has launched Azure Inter-Party Management, Azure Fraud Control System and Azure Certo 2 as the first products in its next-generation portfolio. Azure provides individual products or complete revenue-assurance solutions using a common platform and any combination of products that a customer might need. Customers can choose a system that they own and operate themselves or a bureau that Azure manages on their behalf. Azure has 80 customers in 32 countries comprising PTTs, mobile operators, national operators, carrier's carrier and cable TV companies. Azure has significant carrier experience and understands the problems faced by all these operators.
The company's heritage can be traced back to BT in the early 1990s. Azure was spun out of BT in April 2003 and is backed by New Venture Partners, Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures and Intel Capital.
Azure won the 'Best Revenue-Assurance Project' award at the World Billing Awards 2005 in London, and 'Most Promising Company' at the TeleStrategies Billing & OSS World Excellence Awards 2005 in Philadelphia.
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