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Hyper-Connectivity with Enterprise Applications (Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, etc.)

Having enterprise-wide hyper-connectivity requires extensive integration into the critical systems that propel a business forward and ensure competitive advantages in their industry. Regardless of whether these systems are CAPEX, OPEX, Supply Chain or Financial focused, they need to be connected with real-time, actionable data and insights.  Oracle, SAP, Microsoft Dynamics, and any other business services are worthless without the information they utilize and the people they serve.

This hyper-connectivity of data, people, and systems involves deployment across a variety of network types (Internet, Intranet and corporate networks) while meeting strict requirements for security, administration and interoperability with legacy investments and proprietary systems. 

Fulcrum has provided Fortune 500 companies this level of integration with customized connectors that adapt to any mainstream application your business might have, giving you unparalleled levels of accurate data throughout the company. We maximize your investments and provide the most accurate data possible. To find out more, please visit www.Fulcrum.net, or email info@Fulcrum.net.

The Hyper-Connected Enterprise is Blind Without Mobility

Enterprise connectivity, convergence, and control is rapidly evolving as technologies empower a new hyper-connected landscape.  This evolution is bringing together users, enterprise applications, and the critical data that flows back and forth.  The utopian state that creates is a dramatic improvement on end-user collaboration at all levels, as well as the conversion of chaotic streams of information into actionable data.

At the “edge” of enterprise hyper-connectivity is an empowered, connected, flexible army of mobile devices with customized mobility solutions.  These mobility solutions take advantage of the wealth of BYOD and corporate hand-held hardware to accurately scan and/or report on all strategic assets, inventory, hardware, and infrastructure.  Effectively, they become the eyes and ears of the company, providing the only insight into the location, status, and availability of the millions or billions of dollars of assets that provide the very backbone of companies’ core services.  Having these eyes and ears is critical for CAPEX and OPEX goals for Supply Chain, Finance, and Network Operations departments. 

Fulcrum customizes and tailors mobility solutions and routines to match the exact business processes and needs, and is scalable to millions of end points, across any geographical location. 

To learn more about how Fulcrum can create and unify your digital army, visit www.Fulcrum.Net today for a free consultation. 

CFOs in 2030: Rise of the Super Hero (Article)

Want to know what it will take to be a successful CFO in 2030? This Fulcrum Technologies article, published in the fall 2019 CCA Voice, gives a glimpse into the future:

As the industry finishes the overall conversion to digital transformation, telecommunications CFOs are facing an unprecedented deluge of data with regard to critical assets and infrastructure having a direct impact on their CAPEX and OPEX margins. This hyperconvergence of digital chaos is drawn from a number of siloed sources beyond accounting and finance; it also comes from network operations, supply chain management, the executive team, and IT. The problem with this volume of data is it’s either incomplete or non-actionable.

CFOs today have a number of major concerns that could be addressed with appropriate insight. They want to reduce the time to revenue (asset deployment cycle); track, recover, and repurpose stranded assets; optimize their levels of spare equipment; reduce fraud and theft throughout the supply chain while reducing their taxation from knowing which assets are "ghosted." Above all, they want to make sure they’re compliant with accurate, cost effective physical and electronic audits, which ultimately require their signature.

This lack of visibility, insight, and control of their assets and infrastructure is keeping CFOs at stagnant, or below average CAPEX and OPEX optimizations—deadly in today’s competitive marketplace. Wasted investments directly impact future spending on the latest and greatest infrastructure—the very core of their service offerings.

The Superhero CFO in 2030

In 2030, the CFOs who were unable to harness the digital transformation through holistic Asset Lifecycle Management (ALM) will have completely washed out and been replaced by CFOs who implemented best practices across the board to turn asset information into a valuable competitive advantage. Here are some of the future best practices they will have deployed:

Mobility and electronic polling (e-polling) for 100% data collection

CFOs have empowered their organizations with end-to-end mobility collection, through both BYOD and corporate hardware. These highly configurable mobile data collection platforms empower, encourage, and enforce tracking of highly valuable assets from the warehouse to the field, all done with customization that perfectly matches the organizational needs. In addition to mobility, the future CFO has harnessed e-polling to automate some of the manual processes that make up mobility asset tracking. This is done using OSS, NMS, and EMS data through integration with network systems to find status information about status such as in-use or idle, serial numbers, manufacturer’s item number, and the exact location. This e-polling, when combined with mobility solutions, ensures an accurate Master Data Management (MDM) process for accurately creating an item master with item codes and all asset attributes.

Querying the data

Through prebuilt database views, users can perform, save, and share data searches without any knowledge of SQL. Users select criteria, apply filters, and set sort order with a scheduling as well.

Leveraging the data for inventory and requisitions

Any authorized user can create, manage, and fulfill equipment requests by utilizing a sophisticated sourcing engine with configurable rules the organization defines.

Having a central point for insight and control of the data

The CFOs in 2030 live and breathe in a centralized "command center" where the data is represented visually through reporting and dashboards. This gives them omniscient control over the vast array of corporate resources, which has a positive ripple effect on network operations, supply chain management, the executive team, IT, and all connected groups.

Using the above best practices to harness the hyperconvergence of data, these CFOs then are able to consistently reduce the time to revenue. They are able to track, recover, and repurpose all stranded assets. They optimize their levels of spare equipment while reducing fraud and theft throughout. Their taxation is down, they are compliant, and they have near-perfect physical and electronic audits. In short, they become a CAPEX and OPEX superhero in control of a pragmatic, utopian solution.

The good news for CFOs in 2020? They’re able to kick off all of these best practices using today’s technology and solutions, so they’re still standing in 2030 and beyond.

Fulcrum Technologies has engaged with more than 50 CSPs over two decades to help those carriers establish an ALM practice, develop an overall strategy, and achieve competitive advantages in CAPEX and OPEX.

-Brent Bauer, Fulcrum Technologies