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BYOD in the Workplace

August 24, 2017
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in the workplace is growing in popularity. You might be wondering if your company should allow a BYOD work environment. Here is what our Director of Mobile Solutions Services, Sissy Finch had to say on this topic and to answer… Read More

Executive Leadership Institute Panel

August 10, 2017
On August 1st, CBI's President and CEO Denise Booms-Pepin spoke on a panel at the Executive Leadership Institute in Battle Creek, Michigan. This was an all day event hosted by the Great Lakes Women's Business Council. Topics discussed touched on… Read More

TEM Frequently Asked Questions

July 19, 2017
When it comes to considering the use of Telecommunication Expense Management for your business, there are many questions you are asking. Here are the most common questions we are asked, and the answers provided by our experts. What is the cost? Each… Read More

CBI Executive Interview

June 29, 2017
CBI Telecommunications Consultants Re-Certifies with AOTMP, Talks Growth Recent AOTMP Research shows a significant percentage of organizations using TEM/WMM plan to switch vendors by 2019. Of the 53 percent of enterprises AOTMP Research surveyed between… Read More

Top 5 Reasons to use TEM Services

June 8, 2017
As a company that specializes in telecommunication, we want to make sure everyone knows why having a telecommunication expense management service in place is important. Below we put together a list of the Top 5 reasons to use TEM services and spoke with… Read More

2017 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair

May 23, 2017
It’s that time of year again! The weather’s getting warmer, the sun is shining longer and the WBENC National Conference and Business Fair is about to get under way. This year is special since it is the 20th Anniversary celebration of WBENC. The theme of… Read More

How can GTEM Solutions® help you?

May 18, 2017
GTEM Solutions® provides effortless management of your company's telecom and IT inventory, invoices and contracts. Here is what our GTEM Solutions® Program Manager Larry Garver had to say about the GTEM Solutions® service. Explain what GTEM Solutions is… Read More

CBI Telecommunications awarded for Top Value Proposition

May 4, 2017
CBI Telecommunications was recently awarded the "Top Value Proposition" Award at the 2017 AOTMP Fixed and Mobile Telecom Management Conference in Orlando, Florida. This award is given to the vendor that delivered the most compelling customer use case in… Read More

New Hires And Office Opening

June 8, 2016
CBI Telecommunications Consultants continues to grow and expand. Our focus on continuing development and improvement has resulted in reaching our goal of becoming a global company. Here are the personal testimonies of the employees who have recently been… Read More

WBENC Conference & Business Fair

June 8, 2016
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, otherwise known as WBENC, is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 with the mission “to fuel economic growth globally through access to opportunities, by identifying, and facilitating development of… Read More

Are you still living in a TDM world or have you already migrated to VoIP?

December 29, 2014
Many of our clients are considering or have already moved to a VoIP environment. Each vendor will typically come in and talk to you about the THOUSANDS of dollars you can save by moving to VoIP. In some cases, this can be true, but in others there are… Read More

Organize and Track Your Telecommunications Invoices - Tips That Will Help Your Team!

February 17, 2014
Organize and Track Your Telecommunications Invoices – Tips That Will Help Your Team! Our own Larry Garver, with years of telecommunications management experience will walk your team step by step on how to organize your files and track the expenses for… Read More

Procurement Services for Telecommunications

February 17, 2014
Procurement Services for Telecommunications can help you to obtain the best products and services that help your company to run smoothly and to help you to meet your corporate goals.  Instead of spending time waiting on the phone for hours, utilize our… Read More

National and Global MPLS - CBI Telecommunications Consultants

February 17, 2014
National and Global MPLS – CBI Telecommunications Consultants can help!  Consider the items below when choosing a provider: Ask for what your needs – ensure that they are met! Do they provide managed services? Is the MPLS on the Carrier’s Network?… Read More

Customer Service at CBI Telecommunications is Top Notch!

February 17, 2014
Customer Service at CBI Telecommunications is top notch! We help our clients with all of the telecommunications challenges that they may face. This includes ordering the best technology and services that meet their needs and fit their budget.  Setting up… Read More

BYOD by Vince Cobb

February 17, 2014
BYOD – Bring Your Own Device to Work Many variables involved when deciding whether or not to provide the mobile device for your employees. Considerations: Are your employees contracted or full time employees? What devices are best for your company?… Read More

Telecommunications Contract Negotiations by Leslie Schultz

February 17, 2014
Be careful on signing that contract and the long terms because once you sign that contract, they are your rules and regulations throughout that time frame.  We can help you to ensure that the best terms and conditions will act in your favor, your service… Read More

Denise Booms-Pepin, President of CBI Telecommunications

February 17, 2014
Denise Booms-Pepin, President of CBI Telecommunications We are a Women Owned Business with Headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI.   We have all services available to meet the needs of each company when you are looking for upgrading or evaluating your… Read More

To SIP or not to SIP

February 17, 2014
SIP Trunking – The Truth, Benefits and Features Analyze your needs before making that change.  We look at your current telecommunications blueprint and based on budget and future growth predictions, it may not be feasible for you to move over to SIP… Read More

Smart Phones - Many Variables and Considerations

February 17, 2014
Smart Phones – Many Variables and Considerations Questions to ask when choosing the best smart phone for your company. Where will you be doing business? Are you happy with your current vendor? Do you have the proper coverage area? Many steps to… Read More

CBI Telecommunications International Voice and Data

February 17, 2014
CBI Telecommunications International Voice and Data is important to understand how voice and data can work over line and wireless. We help you to identify your needs, obtain the best contracts to save money for your international calls.  Our job is to… Read More

CBI History and Principles

February 17, 2014
CBI Telecommunications started over 20 years ago saving money for their clients.  We started to give advice to our clients about their telecommunications programs and then decided to start this business.  In the years to follow, there were many other… Read More

Press Release: CBI Telecom Consulting Takes Service Offering to the Next Level...

January 27, 2014
CBI Telecom Consulting Takes Service Offering to the Next Level…. For Immediate Release: Date: 1.22.14 Contact Leslie Schultz, 800.232.7289 CBI Telecommunications Consultants, an industry pioneer and leading consulting firm, announced today that they… Read More

International Wireless Data and Voice Tips

September 4, 2013
International Wireless Data and Voice Tips By CBI Telecommunications, Author: Vince Cobb Many things to consider when you are making international calls and internet communications. Here are some tips that can help you and your company to save money.… Read More

Telecommunications Contract Tips - Strengths of a Good Contract

September 4, 2013
Telecommunications Contract Tips – Strengths of a Good Contract By CBI Telecommunications, Author: Leslie Schultz Better than standard Service Level Agreements and more importantly the formulas that get your credits if SLA’s are not met. Great service… Read More

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to Work - Financial Impact and Contract Ramification Review

September 4, 2013
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to Work – Is this a good fit for your company? Many of our clients have asked. What are other companies doing with their cell phone/ mobile device issues? Providing the end user with a stipend, vs. managing all wireless issues… Read More

City of Burton, Michigan - Case Study

September 4, 2013
By CBI Telecommunications, Author:  Larry Garver City Profile Burton is a city in Genesee County in the state of Michigan and a suburb of Flint. The population was 29,999 at the 2010 census, making Burton the second largest city in Genesee County. The… Read More

City of Warren, Michigan - Case Study

September 4, 2013
By CBI Telecommunications, Author:  Larry Garver City profile Warren is a city in Macomb County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The 2010 census places the city’s population at 134,056—making Warren the largest city in Macomb County, the third largest city… Read More

Global Enterprise Client, Major Contract Negotiations - Case Study

September 4, 2013
By CBI Telecommunications, Author Larry Garver  Company Profile This CBI client is a global enterprise business with approximately 30,000 employees, 52 manufacturing locations on six continents, and 50+ global brands. Business Situation – The Problem… Read More

Marathon Petroleum Corporation - Case Study

September 4, 2013
By CBI Telecommunications, Author:  Larry Garver Company Profile Headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC), together with its subsidiaries, including Marathon Petroleum Company LP, Speedway LLC and MPLX LP, is one of the… Read More

National and Global MPLS

September 4, 2013
By CBI Telecommunications, Author:  Kelli Clark Strengths of MPLS and MPLS Carriers Reduced Cost-MPLS is a cloud based service, which means it is not priced by mileage with the carriers. Class of Service-MPLS allows for the customer to prioritize… Read More

Cable Emerging into Business Markets

September 4, 2013
By CBI Telecommunications, Author:  Larry Garver There was a time not too long ago when “the cable company” was synonymous with TV only.  Today however, many businesses are calling their cable company to provide High Speed Internet Service, as well as a… Read More

Mobile Phone User Facts

September 4, 2013
Mobile now accounts for 10% of internet usage worldwide (this has more than doubled over last 18months) (The Next Web) 1.08 of the world’s 4 billion mobile phones are smartphones  Apple and Android represent more than 75% of the smartphone market 7.96%… Read More

Dealing with AT&T - Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Strengths

September 4, 2013
By CBI Telecommunications, Author:  Kathy Rhoda Strengths of Dealing with AT&T: AT&T is a widely known for having the majority of the customer’s land line service. The company is heavily regulated through federal tariffs, state regulations.  In… Read More

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) - Benefits and Pitfalls

September 4, 2013
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) – Benefits and Pitfalls By CBI Telecommunications, Author: Vince Cobb Benefits of BYOD: The new wave of BYOD can be beneficial to drive productivity in the workplace. The cost savings alone may be significant when you… Read More

American Red Cross - Case Study

March 20, 2013
Author: Larry Garver, March 20, 2013 In 1999 CBI had just completed a telecom audit for the Great Lakes Region of the American Red Cross. Our thorough review of vendor contracts and detailed invoice audit process allowed us to identify charges that were… Read More

Top 5 Ways to Reduce your Telecom Expenses

February 1, 2013
Over the years we have created a detailed audit process. Below are some of the best practices that are used every day by CBI Senior Consultants: TOP FIVE AUDITING TIPS Tip # 1: Understand Your Contracts Expiration date/consequences Review closely the… Read More

RFP/RFI

January 13, 2013
The RFP/RFI process can be daunting. The following is a checklist that will help any organization with this process. How soon before my contracts expire should I start preparing for the new negotiation? We recommend at least 6 months prior to the… Read More

Procurement

January 13, 2013
Sally has been tasked with all purchasing responsibilities. Along with that, her boss now has tasked her with handling all corporate wireless devices. Each day she receives at least 5-10 phone calls from company employees who need a new device, or are… Read More

BYOD

January 13, 2013
BYOD Many of our clients have asked. What are other companies doing with their cell phone/ mobile device issues? Providing the end user with a stipend, vs. managing all wireless issues sounds like a great plan in theory. But, is it a good fit for your… Read More
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