June News:


On The Calendar Thursday, August 2nd - Save the date later this summer for Grow Successfully 2018, B2BCFO's annual summertime ballpark event, specifically for business owners. Find out more info about this on our Events page! Vistage is the world’s leading business advisory and executive coaching organization, designed to help CEOs and executives drive better decisions and better results. Be sure to glance over our newest feature, Vistage Executive News for great business strategy tips and other helpful info! The Fulcrum Group is still seeking assistance in our engineering department and sales departments.  Service Desk Engineer and Social Media Intern are still open positions. Please see our Careers page for how to reach out to us. We'll let you know about any upcoming 2018 special events through our social media pages, which we'll update on our Events page as they occur. Quick links to our social media pages are accessible right from our website and in every monthly newsletter email you receive from us. If you're new to our newsletter and you'd like to subscribe, let us know.
How SPOT Monitoring Helps with Top 20 CSC Security Controls Cyber Security Controls Too often in cyber security, it seems the "bad guys" are better organized and collaborate more closely than the "good guys." CIS Critical Security Controls are a recommended set of actions for cyber defense that provide specific and actionable ways to stop today's most pervasive and dangerous attacks.  These strategies provide a means to maintain a security advantage. On our blog, we break down the top 3 ways that Fulcrum Group’s SPOT Monitoring Platform can provide assistance in implementing and supporting the Top 20 CIS Critical Security Controls. If you'd like further assistance, or have questions, don't hesitate to reach out to us at 817-337-0300 or email us today!
  Language in business communication and strategy How The Right Language Can Improve Business-IT Relationships & Strategy The language that IT leaders use to communicate with our business leaders can influence the type of relationship we have with them. To enable better business and IT convergence, we need to learn how to talk more like a strategic partner instead of an order taker. Check out our blog on choosing the right language to best communicate in your strategic partnerships.    
mobile device security SPOTlight On: Traveling Securely With Your Mobile Devices Shared from The US Department of Homeland Security See more here. Our favorite devices—such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops—offer a range of conveniences and users should be mindful of potential threats and vulnerabilities while traveling with them. NCCIC encourages users to review the NCCIC Tips on Holiday Traveling with Personal Internet-Enabled Devices,  Cybersecurity for Electronic Devices, and International Mobile Safety. The suggested security practices included in these tips will help travelers secure their portable devices during the summer travel season and throughout the year.
  Vistage Executive News - Why We Love Managed Analytics (And Why You Should Too) Vistage Executive News Contributed by Sachin Bakhi, CEO at EZlytix In today’s data-driven world, digital transformation is inevitable. For a mid-market business to grow and compete they have to make data the epicenter of their decision-making process. Many executives think Analytics and Big-Data are for the large enterprise - and that used to be accurate even 5 years ago, due to huge capital cost. Now with the adoption of Cloud, business can implement data analytics much faster, better and cheaper.

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Managed Analytics as a Service will take care of all your needs from data to discovery. You don’t need expensive hardware, software or to worry about hard to find skilled resources.       Analytics – “It shouldn’t be this hard” These are the simple words that inspired us to create EZlytix. We have been involved in dozens of business analytics implementations. We followed the traditional playbook. Buy the hardware and software upfront, pay the yearly maintenance costs, hire the consultant(s), build the internal team and within 6-9 months, hopefully, begin to see results. Our goal was to re-write the traditional analytics playbook. EZlytix is a turnkey solution built for SMBs who cannot afford to follow the traditional playbook, but still want powerful, actionable insights into their business. EZlytix is a cloud-based Managed Analytics as a Service that delivers the vibrant visualization that you expect. More importantly, we have integrated powerful data management and data cleansing capabilities that deliver a “single version of the truth” data store, in about a week. We’ve accomplished our goal. It’s now easy to implement a full-featured business analytics platform with pre-written dashboards, KPIs, and reports. You will obtain meaningful results in a matter of days without a large upfront CAPEX investment. WHY NOW? Profitable growth and higher margins should be everyone’s business and should not be limited to c-suite. All top-line growth is not created equally similarly all customer or products are not profitable. The question is how do you tell good growth from bad growth? The answer lies in your data. As a CEO, it is critical to build a data-driven culture and focus on the importance of hitting multiple singles and doubles - and not just focus on hitting home runs. Research shows that companies who empower their business users with accurate information to make decisions based on various dimensions, do a better job in understanding their customers, increasing revenue and improving margins. Such companies will thrive over the long run, and grow both the top and bottom lines consistently and predictably.

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As an industry, we have been cutting costs over a decade and have squeezed every penny possible. It’s time we re-orient our thinking and lead our organization in achieving accelerating profitable growth by pinpointing opportunities,  analyzing trends, identifying up-sell and cross-sell opportunities and correlating with economic indicators. Focus on four basic categories of growth: 1: Existing Customers with Existing Needs 2: New Customers with Existing Needs 3: New Customers with New Needs 4: Existing Customers with New Needs I was speaking with a mid-market CEO at a networking event. This bright, energetic, over-worked CEO was telling me that the demands on his small team are overwhelming. In addition to their regular duties, the private equity firm that recently acquired them was placing additional demands for information. He is considering implementing an analytics solution that can integrate data from multiple silos but didn’t know where to start. There are 50+ tools out there and he was afraid to sign up for the wrong one and also didn’t have time to evaluate multiple tools.

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“Spend less time collecting and more time analyzing data” In addition to the tool features (which are 90% similar across all leading visualization tools) executives should evaluate an analytics solution based on the following 9 point checklist:
  1. Vendor should build customized demo with your data
  2. Try before you Buy option
  3. Single source of truth
  4. Ability to integrate additional sources within days
  5. Monthly Subscription pricing (zero CAPEX)
  6. New KPI development included in subscription
  7. Month to month no long-term contract
  8. Installs quickly and easily
  9. Self-service data discovery
  Feel free to explore EZlytix for more on what they have to say about Managed Analytics.
  Did You Know...Fulcrum Group Fractional CIOsThe Fulcrum Group Dallas Fort Worth IT Outsourcing Managed Services Did you know that Fulcrum Group’s Fractional CIOs are more than just technology advisors?  Our Fractional CIOs can help you attain technical alignment with your business goals, and can also advise on business processes outside of IT.  Contact your Fulcrum Fractional CIO to learn more..