Managed IT Systems Executive Summary

Problem - The IT industry offers a wide variety of good technology solutions for business problems, and it has a vast pool of good Intellectual Property (IP) for how to implement and maintain that technology. However, the IT industry has absolutely failed at creating an efficient means of delivering the technology and IP to the very clients it is suppose to be there to assist.

The Gartner Group Inc., "Estimates that businesses can spend up to $10,000 a year per PC installing and upgrading applications and maintaining PCs and the network." LFSF finds that the typical yearly expense per PC is around $2,500. This burden is especially felt by small and medium businesses (SMBs) with less than 1,000 employees. The effort to achieve a world class IT system is far more expensive for them as it is divided across fewer computers, causing the cost per computer to rise dramatically.

Solution - LFSF's experience is in developing technology which drastically reduces the resources required to deploy and maintain world class IT systems. Our vision is to transform that into a commodity service, thus making it accessible to organizations of all sizes. This is accomplished by the following components:

  • System Management software which manages all aspects of IT systems.
  • Intellectual Property solution components which are efficiently deployed through the System Management software. This facilitates creating world class IT systems quickly, much like constructing projects with an Erector set.
  • Further, this single system deploys and maintains the IT system in the exact configuration required on each computer. Gone is the norm of "deploy, then configure."

LFSF projects that this solution will save its clients at least $1,000 per year per computer in actual administrative expenses. Additionally, there are soft dollar savings as result of reduced downtime to IT systems, greater efficiency and productivity, and an efficient disaster recovery process.

Market - "More than 99% of all U.S. businesses employ less than 1,000 employees and are classified as small, medium, or middle market businesses (SMBs)," according to Yankee Group Research. According to, "The total number of these businesses is over 5.6 million, 5.3 million have less than 20 employees." LFSF's primary market focus will be on the SMB sector. An efficient solution which is able to be a success in this market will scale well into other markets.

Competition - Competitors come in three forms each with their own shortcomings:

  • Microsoft: Solutions focused only on their own products.
  • HP / IBM: IP delivered to only large organizations through consulting engagements.
  • Altiris: Tools not solutions, requires resources to engineer IT systems.

No competitors doing this in the OSS/FS market, combining software and IP into a complete solution.

No OSS/FS competitor projects with executive management having a proven successful track record delivering extraordinary results with this concept.

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Last update:   28 June 2006