The life of technology can vary, and it can be difficult to keep track of everything, which is why the idea of Life Cycle Management is necessary to the success of an IT environment. Here is what we want to tell you about the need for the Life Cycle Management process.
PERFORMANCE AND PRODUCTIVITY
This is the primary focus of the Life Cycle Management process. An IT professional will look at the critical assets within your IT environment, whether that is your computers, servers, or network hardware, to analyze whether they are staying within their usable life without impacting performance or productivity. Focus will be placed on how much you have grown as an organization, how much your data has increased, the remaining capacity of your servers, and if your team is experiencing performance issues.
Next, it's important to identify a full list of your technical assets, separating them by purchase date, and identifying the roles and responsibilities of each device. This will help to determine a rotation cycle of your technology, so your organization is utilizing technology to the fullest. The rotation cycle helps to justify updating technology more frequently on high performing, billable positions such as an operations or executive role to maintain your flow of production.
EXECUTING AND CASCADING
Finally, this is where your IT team will ask, "Are you still utilizing that piece of technology?" or "Are we replacing the right things to keep productivity consistent?" Professionals will also determine if you can repurpose certain hardware in the organization's technical environment, to get the most out of the Life Cycle process.
Life Cycle Management is not a one-size-fits-all solution. It requires attention to detail and a complete management plan. To learn more about one aspect of Life Cycle Management, download our free Network Health Check guide today!