The loss of revenue is a permanent concern in the daily management of public and private corporations. Budgets quickly turn negative when expected income erodes and threatens the sustainability of the corporation. Often, this erosion of revenue is affected by billing and collection of revenue errors, unapproved variances, or even fraud.
Truenorth’s Revenue Assurance solution uses our process-management methodology and software platforms tools aimed at the ultimate goal: securing and protecting our client’s income. To date, that has led to the recovery of over $750MM in “lost” revenue. The goal is achieved through the implementation of business strategies that improve the quality of business practices, achieving an increase in billing steadily over time through monitoring tools aimed at stabilizing processes, continuous monitoring of improvement, and tracking head-on deviations and anomalies. To establish a successful Revenue Assurance Program for your corporation, be advised that it needs:
At Truenorth we are keenly aware of the importance of managing revenue losses. We typically serve high-risk revenue clients. We have implemented our revenue assurance program within the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA), the Power and Energy Puerto Rico Authority (PREPA) and Puerto Rico State Insurance Fund Corporation (CFSE) to manage their commercial losses in reducing non-revenue index. Using our proven methodologies, we create strategies to identify gaps in business processes such as:
Using our proven methodologies, we create strategies to identify gaps in business processes. We have the operational capability to conduct ongoing programs of revenue-loss management. These programs focus on the following critical factors:
Truenorth’s Revenue Assurance program design and execution is supported by our highly qualified and trained personnel, at both operational and administrative levels; and our analytical tools to measure the economic impact of the recovered volume. The program’s ultimate objective is determined in a combined effort between our client and us.
In short, the philosophy of Truenorth for the management of revenue losses is a blend of a proven methodology, the use of software tools, in-depth operational knowledge, and follow-up actions undertaken; thus, ensuring sustainable increase in revenues, reduced commercial losses, and positively affecting the fiscal health of the client.
Our Revenue Assurance Program works and has recovered over $750MM of revenue since its inception almost thirteen years ago. During these past years, Truenorth Corporation has designed, developed, and executed several revenue assurance programs, from which we present two success stories:
Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA)
Before Truenorth, the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) had implemented a partially effective Revenue Assurance Program. However, in fiscal year 2009, the public corporation decided to hire our services to take advantage of our integrated approach. After the completion of the initial assessment, the execution was divided into six main activities:
Within its first year of implementation, Truenorth achieved $68 million in gross recovered revenue for PRASA, with a return on investment of 466%. Since its inception, the program has accumulated a total of $750 million in recovered revenue for a gross return on investment of 626%.
Over the last years of revenue assurance operations, Truenorth helped to normalize an annual average of 53,000 theft accounts and handled more than 100,000 customer visits per year. Over 40,000 clients visited the PRASA Commercial Offices per year to pay lawfully earned revenue for the agency.
Puerto Rico Energy and Power Authority (PREPA)
In Fiscal Year 2012, PREPA hired Truenorth to initiate a revenue assurance program. The main objectives of the project were:
The project had a duration of 10 months in which Truenorth recovered approximately $18.4 million in energy theft, $34.5 million in debt collection, and $0.7 million in wholesale clients review. The following chart reflects the accumulated revenue during the 10-month period:
As seen, the project produced an accumulated additional revenue of $53.6 million for PREPA. After successful completion of our initiatives, PREPA decided to insource these vital processes and we turned over the project to PREPA employees which to date continue to carry our methodologies and recommendations.
Truenorth’s Revenue Assurance program applies not only to utility corporations, but also to any industry. Aside from the unquestionable success earned in the public utilities industry, we specialize in the following industries:
As described earlier, our methodology can be fully customized to cover your revenue-recovery necessities.
Truenorth has only presented an overview of the Revenue Assurance possibilities. If your organization faces revenue erosion, and you are concerned with theft, inefficiencies, or unexplained variation of expected results, we are your solution to more predictable results.
Once the five steps described herein are completed, the program typically starts again annually. In order to reach operational optimization and stability, it is recommended that the Revenue Assurance program be performed every year in a continuous improvement cycle to protect the new revenue found.
Taking into account our vast experience and knowledge, we have designed our Revenue Assurance methodology to cost-effectively produce quick results. We measure and diagnose the root causes of revenue erosion in order to design, develop, implement and monitor applicable initiatives to resolve and mitigate the anomalies. We use our proven methodology to assist you to build an adequate organizational structure designed specifically for your Revenue Assurance program.
After we have clearly identified and measured your challenges, we draw from the use of Project Management Methodology (PMI), Lean Six Sigma Methodologies, Financial Management, and specialized software tools to allow us to identify any opportunity of improvement. Your Revenue Assurance success is based on the sustainability of the incremental gains achieved through the implementation of pilot projects and intensive functional programs aligned with your Strategic Objectives and Initiatives.
Truenorth’s approach to Revenue Assurance Methodology has five (5) steps, each having a series of tasks that are completed before moving to the next step. These are:
Our Revenue Assurance Methodology is backed up by a series of business tools. Truenorth, as a technology transformation firm, is eminently qualified to employ these tools, and is keenly aware of their benefits, drawbacks and traps. These tools help us identify revenue loss in the field, in current processes, in the data, or in equipment, among other areas. These vary, depending on the client’s operational reality. The following is an overview of some of the tools that Truenorth employs to reduce and control any company’s revenue loss.
Geographical Information System (GIS)
We have a team specialized in GIS solutions. What can we do with GIS? We combine technology, databases and the knowledge of our field employees to identify the geolocation of every account of your organization. The information includes the location, average consumption, and active or inactive customers. Analyzing the data collected and filtered with our predictive analytics tools helps us determine any deviation from the consumption and help us identify if the variance is a cause of revenue loss.
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
In each Revenue Assurance program, identify specific KPIs to go along with the solution designed and developed. By establishing the right KPIs we can establish a goal in conjunction with the management team, as well as measure it accordingly to monitor the compliance of the program. Also, these help the overall organization by ensuring that everybody is onboard with the same goals.
We design or redesign processes and train the employees accordingly. The process design is to ensure a proper balance between field inspection, table-top analysis, and customer service. Any revenue assurance implementations require that all departments work in conjunction upon a common goal. An adequate structure of the program will provide harmony among all employees involved in the process of recovering the revenue loss.
Business Intelligence (BI)
One of the tools that we use is the management and organization of Big Data, also known as Business Intelligence. We gather all pertinent data and analyze it in order to find any deviation. This is compared with the data collected in field inspection and GIS to study and correct any variance that may arise. Our specialized BI employs a combination of software-development skills and business-analysis skills to help any type of business.
Case Management (CM)
Our Field Staff turn a series of potential anomalies, into tangible revenue for your organization, able to survive the most stringent attack by those who would take advantage of your organization. Our Field Staff are experts in the field of evidence gathering, and our team of legal advisors support us in the adjudication of unquestionable evidence. This information is kept in a consolidated Case Management system specifically designed for the Revenue Assurance Challenge by our team of experts that allow the business to track every transaction, geospatial locations, and routes impacted.
Business Solution Software
Truenorth has the experience and resources to design any type of business-solution software. Our deep application management skills are applied to your business needs in order to control revenue loss. Truenorth provides custom software from design, to development, and training and implementation. We then work closely with your IT Department to use your established Standard Operating Procedure when executing new software within your system.