“The 2018 autumnal equinox for the Northern Hemisphere (spring equinox for the Southern Hemisphere) took place on Sunday, September 23, at 1:54 UTC (Saturday, September 22nd at 8:54 CST in North Texas). At this special moment – the instant of the September equinox – the sun is at zenith, or straight overhead, as seen from Earth’s equator”
The word “equinox” comes from Latin meaning “equal night”. In the north, nights will get longer, days will get shorter, the leaves will start to change and, hopefully, so will the weather here in North Texas. Good bye hot and humid, hello frost on the pumpkin.
The annual autumnal equinox timing in tune with the rhythms of our solar system marks the unofficial “First Day of Fall” for the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of spring in the Southern Hemisphere. And the beginning of Q4 on the business calendar.
On the business calendar the changing of the seasons ushers in the beginning of Q4 and budget cycles for 2019 for those of us on a calendar vs. fiscal year. Many of our customers take advantage of this time to plan I.T. budgets for 2019. Our network assessments and tools make this a simple exercise.
As Crawford Greenewalt, the former president of the DuPont Company, stated, “Every moment spent planning saves three or four in execution.”
Now is good time to look at the hardware refresh cycles of your laptops, personal computers, servers, routers, switches, firewalls, etc. Most of these devices have a lifecycle of three to five years depending on the manufacturer and how it is used. Knowing their age and having a budget allows the business to maintain continuity, plan for scheduled maintenance and avoid any outages that result from failing hardware. Check the pulse of business leaders from this survey regarding I.T. Lifecycle.
Making sure the hardware is under warranty is also a factor in budgeting for hardware refreshes. It gives us peace of mind to know that if a component fails on critical hardware the manufacturer will send out replacement parts.
Another issue is software upgrades. Many of our smaller customers have started out with “home” operating systems which do not migrate well to “business” operating systems. The workstations need to connect to the domain and active directory to ensure group policies can be used to determine who has access to what files in the company. Without a plan, it is difficult to implement this transition as the business needs change.
If you are new to strategic planning, here is a great article from Forbes to get you started.
The good news is that many hardware manufactures are also on calendar year and run special discount programs for the end of year (for those who budgeted for 2018).
Please feel free to reach out to us at Modo Networks to learn more.