Lifetime Products Recognized Leader in Computer Technology, Too

Lifetime Products Recognized Leader in Computer Technology, Too

Lifetime Products Recognized Leader in Computer Technology, Too

server room2.jpgContrary to popular opinion, Lifetime doesn't have a magic machine that takes raw-materials in one side, and spits out award winning products on the other side. Instead, we have a talented team of people working in various locations across not only the United States of America, but across the globe, as well.

Most of you probably know that Lifetime is the industry leader in residential basketball hoops and polyethylene folding tables and chairs. But, they are also a recognized industry leader in our corporate IT capabilities. In fact, because of our cutting-edge standardization practices, HP recently showcased Lifetime in an international case study to help teach other companies about the benefits of standardization and centralization. Pretty cool.

Traditionally, multinational companies have large and unnecessarily redundant network and computer equipment. This, of course, is wasteful. Not only is it excess "stuff" that costs money, it also consumes power (a lot of power), and requires dedicated IT personnel to manage and maintain it. Lifetime is different.

Instead, Lifetime focuses on standardization and centralization as much as possible.

"Our standardization on HP Networking switches, HP thin clients, and many other HP solutions has helped us keep our total cost of ownership low and our IT head count lean. That goes hand-in-hand with our culture of lean manufacturing," says Lifetime CIO John Bowden.

Lifetime was able to eliminate 1,200 traditional desktop PCs and centralize desktop and workstation resources in the data center. 

"We determined that a large percent of our fat desktop systems were idle at any given time," Bowden explains. "Now, when one of our users anywhere in the company needs a PC or workstation, they simply log in and are assigned to a blade in the data center. They see their documents and the desktop profile they are used to, but all data and applications are centrally stored, maintained, and protected to data center standards."

By doing this, Lifetime has cut the number of PCs and workstations in half for its US operations, while doubling their utilization. Since Lifetime's China factory is 15 hours ahead of Lifetime’s Utah operations, the U.S. and China staffs can share the same consolidated PC and workstation resources without overlap or conflict. When one group is headed home for the night, the next group on the opposite side of the globe logs on to the same PCs and workstations.

All this means lower electricity costs, lower hardware costs, lower maintenence costs, and lower administration costs. Lifetime is then better able to focus on its innovation and manufacturing of it's amazing products, rather than paying a bunch of geeks to keep the computers humming.

Joe

Joe

Name: Joe

Position at Lifetime Products: Web Developer. What does that mean? I work with the rest of the web team to put great designs into industry standard HTML5, CSS3, ASP.NET MVC, and use other techno-jargon stuff to help our customers find what they're looking for, learn about our products, and have a fun time doing it.

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How long at Lifetime Products: Since November 2005

Background: You’ve always wanted to know who on earth Joe is, and even if you haven't we're going to tell you anyway! He was born in Weber County, Utah, USA. He is a descendant of Paiute (Native American) heritage and is a member of the Kanosh (Utah) Band. He is a member of various community, church, and civic organizations, and is actively involved with local, state, and national government. He is concerned with customer service and is striving to educate businesses concerning proper “consumer etiquette”. Joe is a Thawte Web of Trust Notary and is involved with seamless Digital Signatures utilizing Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and similar technologies. He is a husband and father. He rides his recumbent bicycle to work every day. He enjoys gardening, houseplants, mobile computing, camping, authoring web sites, working in the yard, and spending time with his family. How does he do it all? We really don’t have the foggiest. Some have suspected he’s discovered the secrets of cold fusion, while others think he may be an android. We may never know for certain.

My favorite Lifetime Products: Lifetime Yard cart, outdoor sheds, camp tables, and picnic tables

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