CostPerform supports BT’s costing
BT Group is the UK’s leading telecommunications and network provider and a leading provider of global communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities in the UK include the provision of fixed voice, mobile, broadband and TV (including Sport) and a range of products and services over converged fixed and mobile networks to consumer, business and public sector customers. For its global customers, BT provides managed services, security and network and IT infrastructure services to support their operations all over the world.
In the UK, BT operates in a market where it has significant market power. For this reason, the company is regulated by Ofcom. To fulfil regulatory requirements and produce the annual Regulatory Financial Statements, BT used a custom built cost management software. The tool was around for a few years and required constant coding and development to cope with new regulatory reporting requirements.
Shorter runtimes, OPEX reduction and a better understanding of cost allocations
BT was looking for a cost calculation system that was fast, able to co-run scenarios and not reliant on IT resources to upkeep the software. This is where CostPerform came in. We produced a proof of concept with and generated immediate results.
“The runtime went down from several hours to just a few minutes. CostPerform also provided additional scenario analysis capabilities, which was a new feature for BT. The finance team is now able to manage the system itself. This allowed for an enhanced understanding of the cost allocations, as well as an OPEX reduction in maintenance costs.”
“The user-friendliness of CostPerform allows us to run
multi-layered calculations across large data sets.”
Empowering BT to run scenarios and be compliant
With the CostPerform transparency and runtime of just minutes, BT uses CostPerform as a cost allocation tool to calculate numbers for complex regulatory reporting.
“Our calculations are multi-layered and use large quantities of data. The user-friendliness of CostPerform allows us to run saved calculations, and the software can be configured by accountants with little system knowledge. In addition, it’s fast. We can run calculations in just minutes instead of the hours it used to take and it allows multiple users to run scenarios at the same time. The use of CostPerform lets the team focus more on value added activities, such as providing our stakeholders with more business insight. It has provided greater transparency on our cost stacks which in turn has helped us better understand our cost base.”