September 19, 2006 10:00 ET

Wisconsin CEO Leads New National Trade Group

TEMA Members to Help Businesses Reduce Telecom Spend, Refund FET

MADISON, WI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 19, 2006 -- More than 40 companies have committed to join a new national trade organization led by Madison CEO Nancy L. Peckham. The group, the Telecommunications Expense Management Association (TEMA), will work with telecom carriers to improve billing and services processes, and educate the business market on the value of telecommunications expense management (TEM) services.

TEM companies help clients control and reduce telecommunications costs. "Our vision is to create increased awareness of the benefits that TEM offers clients, and improve carrier relations and performance while working on behalf of clients," said Peckham, president and CEO of INI Global, Inc., and a founding board member of TEMA.

Among those benefits is a recovery of telecom-based federal excise taxes (FET). A recent IRS ruling ended the tax, and allows companies to claim refunds of certain fees paid for the past 41 months. With its third-generation technology, INI Global can precisely gather documentation that companies need to file for the claims. INI recently helped one client claim more than $550,000 in FET refunds.

"The FET refund is a significant issue," Peckham said. "Through TEMA, we want to educate businesses about the refund, and the role that TEM companies have in assisting enterprises in calculating and filing refunds on their clients' 2006 returns."

Another major issue for TEMA is the tremendous growth of wireless communications, Peckham notes. "Wireless is often the fastest growing segment of an enterprise's operational expense line. According to CTIA -- The Wireless Association, wireless is a $113 billion industry, and growing at double-digit rates. Enterprises have a significant need for greater control and management of this skyrocketing line item," she said.

The growing use of the Internet to carry voice communications (voice over Internet protocol -- VoIP) is another issue TEMA members are addressing. "IP telephony systems (IPT) are becoming more mainstream, as businesses better understand the benefits that come from using these new systems," Peckham said.

According to Steve Perkins, TEMA's Arlington, Va.-based executive director, the group's Carrier Relations Initiative intends to leverage the TEMA's collective market presence to provide new standards in accuracy, customer service and electronic invoicing. "The goal of the Carrier Scorecard is to develop better techniques and benchmark progress that benefits our mutual clientele," Perkins said.

About INI Global

Founded in 1991, INI Global's leadership in enterprise telecom expense management (TEM) solutions enables clients to gain more visibility, manage and measure their enterprise connectivity services (including voice, data, and wireless communications), and thereby realize greater effectiveness in operational connectivity costs. Clearview -- INI Global's third-generation software product -- improves management, visibility and expense control, thereby reducing costs and improving corporate profitability. Fortune 2000 clients across the U.S. rely on INI Global's services and solutions to gain greater effectiveness of their telecommunications connectivity services and operational spend.

Privately held INI Global is headquartered in Madison, Wis., and provides services and solutions in the United States through direct and partner sales channels.

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