Through its Platform as a Service, Centile allows customers to develop, run, and manage service plans under their own contracts
Centile UK Director, Justin Hamilton-Martin, started the interview off by saying “It’s all about driving resellers’ business value.” By the end, I understood Centile would do everything in its power to help resellers who want to promote their own brand using ISTRA Connect’s PaaS application.
When considering UK market expansion, Centile found the UCaaS service provider marketplace to be over-saturated with resellers struggling to make a margin. Hamilton-Martin said they, as a result, saw an opportunity for growth in the reseller community. With ISTRA Cloud PBX as a PaaS offering, Centile gives resellers full management of their service plans, while Centile handles maintenance.
This eliminates expensive engineers who monitor servers, network security, patching, backup, and other time-consuming day-to-day tasks. Resellers are therefore in charge of a simple configuration process, along with support, and training their enterprise customers.
Hamilton-Martin explained what he sees as a problem in the current landscape. “There are too many similar BroadSoft options. This has led to tension in the market and pressure on price.” As a result, the revenue resellers earn from UCaaS becomes limited to the licenses they sell per user and call bundles.
Centile ISTRA as a PaaS offering solves this by enabling resellers to bundle service plans as they see fit. Resellers also own end-user contracts, which opens a flood gate of possibilities such as generating revenue from mobile offerings. They can promote their own brand, and service plans through ISTRA, increasing revenue and overall business value.
If you have a Cloud PBX, it should have Full Mobile Convergence functionalities, not just mobile app management. Such limitations come with challenges, one of which is poor connectivity. ISTRA as a PaaS offering extends FMC capabilities to resellers, providing them with a strong mobile proposition. Justin Hamilton-Martin said:
“Those who are already successful selling Cloud PBX/UCaaS in volume should look at the Centile PaaS platform. We can pass the value form service providers who currently get the revenue and put it in reseller’s pockets”
“We are helping resellers who want to go up in the value proposition chain, but don’t want to take on managing a data center. We’re opening up the market to that community.”
As providers strive to enhance CX, they want to do everything they can to ensure the most optimal outcome for customers. What Centile succeeds in is giving resellers more support control over CX. They can dive deep into service issues, rather than escalating to service providers to understand the problem.
Along with the ability to create a single bill, manage plans in one place, and configure offerings from the same platform, Centile is streamlining the time it takes to go-to-market and to make a profit. They are effectively ridding resellers of traditional barriers of entry, like complexity, cost, and scale.
It is this value Centile brings to resellers, which would make anyone looking to increase their profits sign up.