Supply Chain Solution

Network Asset Management

Network asset management lets you collect vital product data from active physical units and any known, scanned, or connected devices. This asset data includes model numbers, serial numbers, and other data. This information is collected online or offline and sent to Fulcrum CATS CenterPoint to verify, reconcile, and update all connected back-office systems (OSS, BSS, ERP, etc.).

Finance, Operations, and Supply Chain have to come together to maximize the return on every asset dollar spent, and to do that it’s critical that they have a clear understanding of the shared value equation. For many, this means scrutinizing CAPEX and OPEX from end to end, and deferring or lowering capital expenditures without increasing operational costs. 

This approach typically means having visibility, insight, and control of your assets (Infrastructure, tools, equipment, gear, components, hardware, software, etc.) from end to end.  This requires you to know exactly what’s deployed, active, dormant, hoarded, stolen, misappropriated, overstocked, or understocked. Relying solely on ERP systems, or purchase documentation to provide a full accounting of your network assets is similar to being half blind.  Those, like OSS and BSS systems, show a partial view from a specific time, but do not show the whole picture.  In short, they are a place to a place to start—not stop. 

To have a competitive advantage, you need a network asset management plan. Otherwise you will continually overpay for or under support your network. Your corporate network – and bottom line - are at risk.  Network asset management has a major impact on critical CAPEX and OPEX decisions, which is why you need end-to-end visibility of all network assets.

The fact that your infrastructure is growing is undisputed; it’s a fact. Each day new assets are being added. It’s the responsibility of system admins to track and manage these assets. It’s the responsibility of Finance to audit and purchase. It’s the responsibility of supply chain to plan these assets in their lifecycle. Many stakeholders across an enterprise have a very vested interest in making sure they have complete mastery over the extensive, geographically diverse, expensive assets. Fulcrum Technologies can give you that, with CATS ALM.

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XO and Fulcrum Technologies Featured as ISE Magazine Cover Story:

XO’s supply chain Journey; with lessons learned from an amazing cross-country bike journey that spanned over 4,000 miles. Yvonne encountered an incredible number of variables, twists, and turns thrown at her by the environment for both journeys. Fortunately, she was prepared for anything, understood how long these voyages take, and tackled everything one mile at a time. A fantastic story:

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CapEx Optimization Consulting Services

To survive and thrive in a changing environment, successful companies recognize the need to reap maximum benefit from their capital investments and optimize their supply chain and business operations from end to end.  These organizations use industry best practices, world class tools, and effective data management to optimize their Capital Expenditure (CapEx) spend.  Fulcrum Technologies has partnered with over 40 such Communication Service Providers (CSP’s) and, through Fulcrum Consulting Services (FCS), is positioned to engage with clients who are interested in enhancing their CapEx Optimization plans.  FCS offers 2 pre-packaged offerings, as defined below.  As well, FCS can tailor a consulting engagement to suit the needs of our clients.  FCS can engage directly with CSP’s and/or can partner with other Logistics partners (such as MDSi, Worldwide Supply and others), technology partners, or System Integrators. Finance Managers, Supply-Chain Executives, Network Operations, and Engineering Managers can all benefit from the consulting services from FCS.  The consulting team can assess your business operations and provide solid practices to optimize your Asset Lifecycle Management and other Supply Chain Management functions from Acquisition to Retirement.  This includes warehousing, inventory, warrantee and spares management, and gives a precise snapshot of what is actually active (as well as what geography inventory resides in) to allow for accurate property tax payments. It also provides best practices for compliance with governing and internal process controls, which greatly reduces organizational and regulatory risks.  All that adds up to what every Communication Service Provider wants; full visibility, insight, and control of their Capital Expenditures from end-to-end.

ALM Readiness review:
• 2 days of on site meetings and Stakeholder interviews, including detailed questionnaire.
• Study key ALM areas (receiving, field operations, warehouse, current technology, existing systems to interface with, etc.)
• Deliver report of findings and recommendations

End-To-End Business Operations Review
• 2 trips on site - one at the beginning of the engagement (one week) to do data gathering, and one at the conclusion (2 days) to present findings, recommendations, ROI Analysis.
• Areas of study:   Inventory Turns, Equipment out for Repair/Return, Taxation, Time from receipt of Asset to when it is actually installed, Sparing levels and philosophy, Reuse, Decommissioning Management, Audit Process and Capabilities.
• Produce a PMO (Present Mode of Operations) and FMO (Future Mode of Operations) report.
• Produce a report comparing PMO with Industry Best Practice and Metrics.
• Use above information to produce a detailed ROI Analysis.
• 4 - 6 weeks in total duration.

To learn more about Fulcrum's consulting services, please visit ALM.Consulting.

Supply Chain Consulting