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Whether you are in Communications, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Renewables, Data Centers, you have to reduce overall costs – while improving the overall level of service in your technology, infrastructure, or IT department. This is done through effective asset lifecycle management, also known as ALM. Understanding the asset lifecycle is the first step in increasing your organization’s efficiency and controlling costs… all while making sure the organization has the assets and infrastructure that it needs in the locations where it most needs them.

The technology, infrastructure, or IT asset lifestyle includes several phases, managing holistically with a mix of Mobility Solutions, Data reconciliation middleware, and enterprise application integration:


The very first step in the hardware asset lifecycle is planning. To maximize Capex through efficient purchasing paradigms, purchase only what is needed. You want to ensure you do not over purchase…which could cause waste.


The first actionable step in the IT asset lifecycle is procurement. An organization procures an asset, and it enters into the organization’s asset management system. At this point, you are managing the asset. In an ideal environment, the process of procurement itself will feed directly into an organization’s asset management system. Once the purchase order is complete and the vendor confirms the order, the procurement system should notify the asset management system. In addition, the asset management system should notify the purchasing system once receipt of the asset actually occurs, allowing payment on the asset.


Once an organization procures an asset, the next step in the IT asset lifecycle is to deploy it. When deployment of the IT asset occurs, the asset management system receives updates to include: physical location of the asset, who is responsible for the asset, configuration information, warranty information and any other data that may be useful.


Once you deploy an IT asset, an organization can begin to use it. An asset that is in the usage phase is providing value to the organization and serving a function. Depending on the nature of the asset, the deployment and usage phases may overlap. For example, some systems may be deployed in a staged fashion, where certain portions of the system are utilized before the system has been fully deployed. An effective IT asset management system will be updated regularly to determine what assets are not being used, and are candidates for repurposing or redeployment.


Especially in the IT world, assets may need to receive an upgrade. Whether it’s a new version of software or even just the addition of a hard drive, equipment changes. When this happens, record the new configuration information in the asset management system.


When an IT asset isn’t being used anymore, it should be decommissioned. In some cases, a decommissioned asset can be redeployed or repurposed to serve elsewhere in the organization. is a global leader in IT asset disposition services, with a particular focus on secure data center decommissioning. As a result of these services, businesses are able to plan their operations more effectively. They also ensure they are compliant with all applicable regulations at all times.
Regardless of what phase you need to focus on, pragmatic planning is key. Fulcrum has the mobility solutions and enterprise application integration that can help every step, every phase, for every asset. Get visibility, insight, and control.

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