As organizations of the future continue to grow rapidly and invest in employee productivity, IT leaders are finding hardware lifecycle management as an integral part to working strategically. Procurement to end of life can be extremely challenging when having to account for all the different phases an asset can go through: deployment, imaging, getting hardware to end users, dealing with break/fix, upgrading applications, security, retiring an asset – the list goes on and on.
We understand those challenges because Revivn is only successful when able to build our end of life solution directly into a partner’s already existing hardware lifecycle management workflow. The retirement phase is the final phase and important in releasing assets off a companies books.
Where It All Started: Bridge the Digital Divide
When we originally started Revivn our goal was simple: to help bridge the digital divide with repurposed hardware. We found that enterprises were looking for a partner to make this happen and communities were in need of dedicated computer access. Our first solution was built to address this opportunity.
As we grew, we started to recognize all of the other challenges companies were having when it came to retiring assets – data sanitation, reporting, removing large decommissioned items, recycling products that could not be reused, having equipment in multiple offices, and no single way of managing the entire end of life process.
We also learned that end of life and IT disposal was an overlooked business process yet crucial to building a successful lifecycle management process. Companies that fail to build a foundational end of life process experience the following: machines being lost, excess hardware not being returned to companies, data beaches, over-purchasing hardware, inefficient refresh cycles, and poor inventory control.
In summary, we learned that companies were looking for one full service single end of life solution to manage all of their hardware that could grow and scale with them across the globe. We learned as much of an opportunity there was for us to help our partners with end of life, it would be even more powerful if we could merge that solution with the future of enterprise information technology.
Where It’s Going: Software-Driven End of Life
The future of IT workflows are following the broader enterprise software trend of companies looking to partner with vendors that provide software that can easily integrate with their already existing deployed tools. Enterprise software tools like Single Sign On (SSO), Ticketing Software, Human resource management systems, IT Asset Management systems, Accounting software, and Workflow software are all being developed to easily integrate with one another through open API’s, out of the box integrations, and building apps on marketplaces.
We recognize that combining a full service end of life solution with an open scalable software solution is the future of end of life and we will continue to pour all of our efforts into making this happen!
IT Leaders Need a Plan
“End of Life” isn’t a one-time problem. Eventually it is critical for enterprises to have a vendor to help with planned obsolescence, because it’s a continuous, active, hyper-localized, and complicated process. Yet the space is so fragmented that an enterprise has to cobble together vendors across stages and locales. As companies grow, they add more employees, cycle through more hardware on a consistent basis, and have enterprise-grade data security requirements.
IT leaders at some of the top enterprises in the world have been building a new way of looking at IT assets. It’s an innovation that should get on your radar: Integrated hardware lifecycle management. How are you tracking your hardware obsolescence? What does end-of-life mean for your company? Instead of losing time cobbling together solutions your IT org can become more cost-effective and secure while also getting ahead of your next wave of volatility or hypergrowth.
As the landscape of IT continues to evolve in a post pandemic world, with companies moving to hybrid work environments, remote employees, and a more flexible work environment hardware management continues to be even more challenging. At Revivn we see it as an opportunity for IT leaders to be even more strategic and provide outsized value to the organizations that they serve.