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1. Prepare

During this stage, teams spend most of their time determining where their business needs to be at the end of the cycle so they can assess how the network can best support those goals.

Teams should also learn how to anticipate future needs. For example, they should consider tracking industry trends and understand how they can be important to the business. Other sources of information include industry analysts and conferences

2. Plan

The plan phase closely follows the prepare phase. This is when teams begin to create project plans to help their organizations manage the remainder of the lifecycle. Teams should consider questions related to vendor selection and management, such as the following:

• Which vendors should be considered? • Is that hot new startup with the latest technology worth the risk?

3. Design

The design phase starts to get into the details, subject to the limitations identified in the prior phases, such as budget. The design team should create a detailed design that meets the requirements using the selected vendors.

4. Project Management

The foundation stone to successful project delivery. Our experienced Project Managers focus on the project’s critical success factors, delivery timelines, resource management, and coordination with the goal being to deliver the project using a turnkey approach.

This is when it may be necessary to build prototypes and conduct proofs of concept to minimize the risk of using any new technology.

5. Implement

In this stage, Our Professional implementation team transitions from the previous cycle into the new deployment. Organizations have started to adopt the philosophy that the design group does the implementation and only turns it over to the operations team once the design has been fully validated, automated and can be managed.

6. Operate

Operations takes over when the new network -- or new parts of the network -- is functional and operational processes are defined. The design and implementation phases should have identified common operational problems and created mechanisms for monitoring and diagnosing those problems.

7. Optimize

The final phase of the lifecycle continues to refine the design and operations of the new network functions. This is when network pros create processes for identifying unforeseen operational problems and identify ways to improve the network, as well as the processes used to operate it.


Testing should be incorporated in each phase. Testing will be a key element of the design, implement, operate and optimize phases. There is also testing in the preparation phase, where network pros may test the business leaders regarding the risk of using new technology.

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