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Plan for the End Right From the Beginning: Incorporate End-of-Life Needs Into Your Overall IT Plan

by Erik Briceno

No matter how much you invest in the latest technology, it will continue to change and improve. It’s important to make preparing for that reality a part of your business master plan right from the beginning.

With proper planning and budgeting, you can turn a problem into an opportunity. Your end-of-life tech situation can become the chance to better serve the needs of both your customers and your IT staff.

Your business can’t operate without technology. So, make that technology your friend by investing in it and maintaining it the right way with the help of an IT managed services provider. (Note: This approach will save you money in the long run.)

In today’s complex business world, there are many reasons to upgrade your technology. The risks to your business are real, like losing vendor support, exposing your operations to cyberattacks, putting yourself in danger of noncompliance or seeing your productivity decrease as downtime increases. And we know you don’t want any of those to become your reality.

4 Key Considerations for Your IT Game Plan

Instead, create a game plan for your business. Keep these four considerations in mind:

  1. Make necessary upgrades a key element of your technology plan.

Technology changes so quickly that it’s essential to make preparing for end-of-life refreshes a part of your strategic planning — in both the short-term and long-term. Given the impact on your budget and your services, you need feedback from your employees and customers, as well as the guidance of a managed services provider.

  1. Decide on an implementation schedule.

Depending on the size of your business and the role of your technology, you should establish a schedule for replacing or upgrading your IT, including hardware, software and applications. You can replace it all at once, or you can phase it in gradually — or somewhere in between. Whatever you determine, the key is to create a timetable that works for your business and your budget to ensure your operations continue smoothly.

  1. Take the opportunity to move to the cloud.

You could also use the need to upgrade or replace your technology as an opportunity to move some or all of your operations to the cloud. Turning to a cloud service provider to design, implement and manage your technology allows you to concentrate on your core vision, reduce infrastructure costs and pursue your business objectives.

  1. Ensure proper training for your entire team.

Whenever you replace or upgrade your technology, whether it’s hardware or software, you must provide appropriate training for your entire staff. That means the employees who will be using the tech as well as the IT department, which will be deploying and maintaining it.

Create a Successful IT Strategy

Plan for the End Right From the Beginning: Incorporate End-of-Life Needs Into Your Overall IT PlanThe fast pace at which technology changes isn’t showing signs of slowing down any time soon. That’s why it’s essential to make the inevitable end-of-life tech needs part of your overall IT plan.

Because of our extensive experience with IT management and support, V2 Systems can help you create a successful business plan with network solutions tailored to your business’s mission and budget that takes into account the life span of your technology.

 

Since 1995, Manassas Park, VA-based V2 Systems has employed local systems administrators, network engineers, security consultants, help desk technicians and partnering companies to meet a wide range of clients’ IT needs, from research, to implementation, to maintenance. Concentrate on your VISION…We’ll handle the TECHNOLOGY! 

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About ebriceno
Erik Briceño is the owner of V2 Systems, Inc., one of Northern Virginia’s leading Information Technology Managed Service Providers. He is an inspiring leader for its employees and instrumental business partner for its customers. He is passionate about V2’s purpose, dedicated to exceeding expectations and a consummate professional not afraid of jumping in and getting his hands dirty. Prior to joining V2 Systems in 2002, Erik was a co-founder and COO of Ampcast.com, a leading provider of online resources servicing over 5,000 independent musical artists. At Ampcast.com, Erik spearheaded all aspects of corporate development, funding, strategic vision, and business development for the firm. From 1997 to 1999 Erik held the position of Acoustic Systems Engineer for Electric Boat Corporation, a leading defense contractor. In this role, Erik was responsible for the acoustic fidelity of two noise critical systems and components in the US Navy’s nuclear submarine systems. Erik holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Business Administration from George Mason University. When not working, you will find Erik a dedicated family man, raising two young children with his lovely wife Karen. Together, they enjoy building legos, playing baseball, skiing, riding horses, swimming, traveling, and fixing up old Mopars.
Plan for the End Right From the Beginning: Incorporate End-of-Life Needs Into Your Overall IT Plan
Plan for the End Right From the Beginning: Incorporate End-of-Life Needs Into Your Overall IT Plan