As Platinum Sponsor for Billing People, we were recently asked by Comms Business Magazine to provide an update on how the organisation is progressing. Here’s what our Managing Director, Vincent Disneur, had to say.
The community is growing fast and there’s a lot of enthusiasm amongst the membership. Billing professionals are essential in the channel, but they’re often quite siloed, so there’s a real appetite for somewhere to network, discuss challenges, and bounce ideas off each another.
With the largest single concentration of billing expertise in the channel and around 3,500 users of our aBILLity™ software, Union Street is perfectly placed to found such a community. But we didn’t want to create something that was exclusively for Union Street customers. It’s important to us that Billing People is inclusive for the whole industry, to provide something that all billing professionals can be a part of, regardless of what system they use.
Unfortunately, we have had to postpone the Billing People Summit which was due to take place in July but, we’ve rescheduled it for June 2021, and we are pressing ahead with the National Billing People Awards as a virtual event.
As for the future of Billing People, much of its administrative and managerial tasks will fall to Union Street in the short term but, as the community continues to grow, we expect that volunteers from the billing community will step up and help to drive the organisation forward. We’re also hopeful that sponsorship and support will come from other vendors that, like us, recognise the value of billing professionals and the vital role they perform in the channel.
Our ultimate goal is that with the community’s support, the organisation will become self-sustaining and that eventually Billing People will mature into its own distinct entity.