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The 4 Challenges of Telecom Asset Recovery

 
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Why is strategic asset management so simple in concept, yet so difficult to execute?

Have you ever seen the children's movie Ice Age? If you have, then you are familiar with the prehistoric squirrel who fruitlessly chases a lone acorn across the glacier, but it always falls just outside of his grasp.

The Pill Popping Pain of Telecom Asset Value Recovery

 
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There are two extremes to the schools of thought concerning telecom supply chain management and are similar to the ones that you see in health care. There are those who are primarily concerned with the symptoms of a problem and only treat when the symptoms become painful. Then there are those who believe that if you maintain a healthy system, the painful symptoms will not occur in the first place.

3 Steps to Strategic Asset Recovery & Disposition Management

 
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Linear versus System Based Inventory Management

When your telecom company is in the midst of a planned merger, acquisition, or network de-install or upgrade, the first and most pressing thing on your mind is not likely to be what to do with the IT assets after the project is complete. And even though you know there are dollars being left on the table (or worse, costing you dollars in warehousing and recycling costs) there is not enough time in the day to capture those dollars when there are more pressing things on your time.

A New Model for Telecom Inventory Management

 
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The Asset Disposition Control Tower

The recent debates and cuts due to the sequestration has brought to light the understanding that having fewer people on duty in the air traffic control towers will mean fewer planes in the air and more travelers sitting in airports. 

How to Feed an Asset Disposition Search Engine

 
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Does your supply chain visibility rely on the insights of one person?

When talking with operations managers at telecom companies they many times feel overwhelmed by the number of departments that they have to report the most up to date information to. A lot of people are depending on them for the latest market insights and data so they can make asset disposition decisions quickly.

Asset Disposition Data Speaks Volumes

 
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It's time to erase the line in the sand

Unlocking Greater Revenue from within Your Asset Recovery Process

 
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Every Time You Move an Asset, You Lose Money

Have you ever heated your house with wood? Growing up, my family did and while it may be part of the rustic New England charm, handling it wasn't exactly my favorite chore. It always arrived in a big pile at the head of the driveway, which meant it had to be sorted, stacked and somehow shielded against moisture (some logs would get so wet they were useless). Getting the wood inside meant another round of carrying and stacking - and then of course there's an entire process which took the wood from the forest to the driveway to begin with. A lot of time, a lot of energy and a lot of resources...especially when winter came and went, and a corner of the backyard still had a stack of wood four rows high.

Supply Chain Visibility and the Power of Direct Market Access

 
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How Would Wall Street Make Asset Recovery and Disposition Decisions?

Before the internet and companies like e-Trade, everyone who wanted to buy or sell in the financial markets had to go through an intermediary stock broker to execute trades. They were the only ones who had access to the type of market intelligence required to make well-informed buy and/or sell decisions.

Is Supply Chain Visibility the Bridge Between Operations and Finance?

 
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An example of the what strategic asset management DOESN'T look like.

I have had the opportunity to experience first-hand just how counter-productive some asset management strategies can be. Given the size ($10B+) and history of the company we were speaking with, I had expected to find a state of the art, forward-thinking internal service organization with fully optimized processes. What I found was something completely unexpected – the polar opposite.

How to Achieve Vendor Relations Zen in Your Global Supply Chain

 
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Why is managing vendor relationships so difficult?

I first heard the term Keiretsu in the mid-90’s with eyes fixed on Japan’s mastery of process efficiency and productivity within complex organizations. The ERP world was buzzing, and our CEO at the time was delighted in applying the theories of Keiretsu to our company and its diverse ecosystem of solution partners. The very sound of the word still conjures for me a picture of an inherently successful, harmonious and Zen-like network of symbiotic business relationships.

Having just stumbled across the word again 15 years later, I’ve learned there are two types of keiretsu: vertical and horizontal. Vertical keiretsu illustrates the organization and relationships within a company (for example all factors of production of a certain product will be connected), while a horizontal keiretsu shows relationships between entities and industries, normally centered on a bank or trading company. Both are complexly woven together and self-sustain each other. A very good thing...exactly like it sounds.

But the truth is that global service and supply chains are far from optimal. With an appetite for greater agility and financial performance, today’s Telecom executives need help optimizing processes to drive profit from managed services. Without shared supply chain visibility into the flow of network assets in reverse logistics, the integration points between manufacturers, outsourcing partners and the end customers are very hard to connect, and efficiency is dubious at best.

Vendor Management Best Practices On the Horizon

What’s needed is a collaborative view that bridges the information gaps, bringing together internal and external asset inventory data to make it easily available to buyers, planners and others. (Some will tell us that their ERP system handles this, yet they continue to lose tens of millions each year to service chain inefficiency, inability to extend product lifecycles or recover full market value for unused assets.)





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