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Advanced Meter Infrastructure: Composite Technologies to Meet New Demands in Sales and Customer Service
Traditionally, utilities have leveraged robust meter, network, and customer service infrastructures. These technologies served the needs of largely regulated

marginal utility examples  capacities are becoming more marginal, and inelastic demand is restricting revenue growth. Organizations must find ways to reduce costs over the short term while simultaneously adapting to new legislatively mandated market rules that require utilities to compete for customers on the open market. To address these challenges, the next generation of technology to be applied to metering and customer service infrastructures is known as advanced meter infrastructure (AMI) . Widely seen as a disruptive

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Customer Care and Billing (CC&B)

Customer care and billing (CC&B) solutions typically support providers of utilities, telephony, cable, or other services providing companies. CC&B software includes functionality for mediation, provisioning, rating, reporting, financial systems, and billing for voice, data, content, and utility services. 

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Listen and Learn: Improving Operations by Using Customer Feedback


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Great Product: Too Bad The Architecture Doesn’t Fit


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CC&B for Telecommunications Industries


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Data Center Automation


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