Lifecycle Management

Get the most out of your technology from purchase to retirement.

Lifecycle management refers to the supervision of technology through it’s useful life from initial purchase to decommission, and encompasses both physical hardware as well as cloud or virtual machines. Lifecycle management provides greater visibility into your organization’s overall tech stack allowing for a more predictable IT budget and eliminating the negative impacts of antiquated technology on your organization.

 

Why it Matters

Maintaining your technology is no easy task. From employee workstations and network equipment to cloud applications and software, your network will only become more complex over time as you build out your tech stack. Lifecycle management provides a structured method of organizing and maintaining infrastructure to reduce downtime, optimize performance, and plan for capital expenditures.

 

 

why lifecycle management matters

Aligning Business and Technology

Lifecycle management helps to marry the long-term goals of your business with your technology by facilitating:

Smarter Spending

Most businesses are reactionary when it comes to technology spending, allocating resources last minute in order to deal with unexpected failures. By proactively scheduling upgrades and maintenance your business can optimize time and budget, focusing on developing technology that will actually improve your processes as opposed to constantly putting out fires.

Hardened Security

Outdated hardware and software pose a major security risk to your organization. Manufacturers stop releasing patches and updates for end of life products and these updates are crucial to remediating newly exploited security vulnerabilities for end of life products.

Enhanced Agility

Implementation of new applications can be a nightmare but by organizing your technology and establishing standards, software can be quickly and seamlessly deployed across your network with minimal interruption to the workday.

Regulatory Compliance

Industries governed by regulatory compliance (healthcare, education, etc.) require organizations to maintain certain standards when it comes to data security. A proper lifecycle management plan will help your organization meet security standards and avoid any potential violations.

Improved Morale

It’s important to equip your staff with the right tools so they can be effective and productive. If your team feels as though they are being held back by the technology they’re provided it can be extremely frustrating. By setting performance standards you’ll know when it’s time to recycle or upgrade equipment so your team maintains peak performance. 


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The Four Winds Approach 

At Four Winds we understand that every business is inherently different which is why we take the time to customize every one of our solutions, so they better cater to the specific needs of your business. Our approach is simple yet effective:


Plan

We begin with an upfront meeting to better understand your overall business, budget, and plans for the future. This phase is crucial when it comes designing a solution that both accommodates your immediate needs and can easily scale with your business.

Design

There is no such thing as one size fit all when it comes to technology. We work with you to better understand how your employees’ function on a daily basis and identify any business critical applications and tools to create a solution that accommodates your specific needs and budget.

Implement

Our team of experienced engineers deploy your solution ensuring any new hardware or software is optimized for your environment. When it comes to maintaining your solution we provide a range of comprehensive support services including but not limited to 24/7 monitoring, remote support, and onsite troubleshooting.

 

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