Acumen Republic (Acumen) provides business advice, marketing and corporate communications to help clients solve problems or create opportunities.
For more than 35 years Acumen has been trusted to evolve, promote and protect the brands and reputations of some of New Zealand’s most influential organisations.
Acumen helps clients to communicate and build trusting relationships by ‘creating conversations that matter’ with stakeholders including staff, shareholders, customers, partners, regulators, Government, business and industry bodies, influencers, media and communities.
As a Kiwi-owned and operated company in these days of global mergers, Acumen is a great fit with Kiwi IT company Fusion, with the two sharing similar values.
Acumen is globally connected through its affiliation to Edelman, the world’s largest independent marketing communications agency. Acumen takes global IP and best-practice and applies it locally. For the past two years, Acumen has commissioned the Acumen Edelman Trust Barometer, which assesses trust in the institutions of Business, Media, NGOs and Government in New Zealand and 28 other countries bringing useful insights and approaches to building trust.
Fusion has managed Acumen’s total technology needs for nearly five years, including the Fusion Cloud, network, private WAN, internet, backups, and support of various apps.
When Fusion started with Acumen its was managed by a large national provider, and in Fusion MD Andrew Gurr’s words:
”Management was frustrated with and staff dissatisfied with the IT. Acumen had a fixed stack of physical servers, and wasn’t sure the best way to explore on-line services and options around mobility.”
According to Andrew Gurr, Acumen didn’t have complex IT requirements, but it had issues with legacy systems and was not satisfied with its support services. It wanted a more flexible, simple and agile IT solution that enabled greater mobility.
Spearheaded by Mandy Hancock, Director and Chief Financial Officer at Acumen, Fusion developed a project to migrate all of the company’s IT to the Fusion Cloud. The plan spanned several phases including a refresh of equipment and tidying up unresolved legacy issues.
Business was migrated to Cloud Office via RDS, then onto Office 365, the Cloud delivery of Acumen’s Nimbus CRM and financial software, with provision of remote access for staff.
With offices in Wellington and Auckland and consultants on the move, the Cloud provides the flexibility Acumen requires for staff to be online with a 24/7 connection whether at home and in the office. The Cloud provides reliable data storage, security, and is cost-effective given the reduced need to invest in equipment such as servers.
Mandy Hancock sums up the resulting change in IT “noise” following their journey with Fusion very simply: “Since Fusion started looking after Acumen, and particularly since we moved to the Cloud and then laptops, we have been more stable than ever.”
“We have greater reliability, speed, response times. We are grateful for this. Fusion understands our needs and nothing is too much trouble.”
Acumen walks the talk of its commitment to corporate social responsibility. Recently upgrading all of its computers, Acumen asked Fusion where the replaced computers could be welcome. The result was tech equipment being donated to Linwood College in Christchurch, a low decile school situated in one of Christchurch’s quake-rattled eastern suburbs.
Fusion who looks after Linwood College’s IT needs, was able to install 33 desktops, 3 laptops, 9 universal docking stations and 3 multimedia keyboards.
Says Fusion’s CEO Andrew Gurr: “This was an incredibly thoughtful donation from Acumen to a school that has had a challenging history.”
Linwood College welcomed a new principal Dick Edmundson in October 2016. Formerly Hornby High School’s principal, Mr. Edmundson was familiar with Fusion since Hornby High is one of the schools in the Christchurch School Cluster of the Manaiakalani digital learning programme.
Since he has arrived at Linwood College, working with the Board and the community, he is turning the school’s performance around. Small changes made so far, such as increased communication with families, more collaborative, online teaching and better student discipline (Sunday detentions included), have already generated results: In one year, Linwood College’s NCEA Level 1 achievement has grown by 50 per cent.
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Fusion Networks is a specialist technology integrator, helping clients on their technology journeys across a range of digital solutions. Fusion expects high performing IT systems and networks as the norm, not the exception, and works with clients to deliver proactive, flexible and cost-effective services.
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