REDUCE COMPLEXITY, SAVE TIME & MONEY.
On average, it takes an organization’s IT technicians 2 hours to manually configure just one PC. When this is multiplied across every computer and device , it’s clear to see how tasks like these can prevent IT departments from focusing on more strategic tasks that deliver greater business value.
The answer lies in freeing your IT staff from time-consuming burdens like these:
- Customizing operating systems.
- Installing drivers, applications, and anti-virus software.
- Encrypting hard drives and partitioning disks.
At Lenovo, we can accurately configure and safeguard your PCs before they leave our factory – so they are ready right from the start. This means that your IT technicians can then focus on providing higher-valued services to the rest of your organization. Our services include:
- Image Delivery: Cut technician and deployment time with pre-loaded customized imaging
- Smart Image: Consolidate all Lenovo images into one easy-to-manage image
- BIOS/vPro Customization: Customize BIOS settings to meet your specific needs
- First Boot: Save from 20 minutes to over an hour of deployment time per PC
- Asset Tagging: Ensure immediate control of your IT assets
- Laser Etching: Protect your PCs from theft and promote your organization
- Drop-in-the-Box: Deliver customized messaging to end-users as they recieve their PCs.
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Faster deployments, lower costs.
Manually configuring and loading system images are time-consuming and costly tasks. Faced with a limited number of staff and budget, such inefficient use of resources can delay the delivery of higher-priority IT projects critical to organizational growth.
To address this problem, Lenovo offers a more efficient solution for all hardware brands - not just Lenovo. Working alongside you to meet your needs, our solution architects can:
- Create custom images in multiple languages
- Add additional device drivers
- Modify, migrate, or verify your own images
- Prepare images for manufacturing.
By having your own corporate image installed during the manufacturing process, you can substantially reduce the cost and complexity normally associated with onsite deployment. What's more, your IT team will be free to focus on more strategic initiatives.
Single dynamic imaging solutions.
Traditionally, organizations create and manage multiple images to cover hardware differences within their environment. This resulted in IT staff spending precious time managing multiple images and drivers, as well as tackling driver installation issues.
Lenovo’s Smart Image gives you compatibility across all Lenovo-based hardware platforms. It combines Lenovo hardware and your Windows® 7/8 image in a single, dynamic imaging solution that manages driver maintenance. As a result, your image maintenance costs can be reduced significantly.
By having a tested and verified hardware-independent image installed during manufacturing, you can avoid running into hardware support issues (eg with drivers, apps, and hot fixes). Hardware transitions can then be reduced from weeks to a matter of days. The result? Increased operational efficiency as you can redirect technicians to more critical projects.
BIOS / vPRO Customization
Whether it’s the power-on password, boot device order, or the USB ports, adjusting BIOS settings in-house can put a drain on your IT resources. Especially, when IT staff have to physically touch each and every system.
With Lenovo's Custom BIOS, however, your new PCs can arrive with their BIOS settings already configured - and tailored to your exact security and network needs. As a result, you can provide even greater value to your organization by reallocating your technicians to more strategic IT initiatives.
Custom vPro Settings
No longer does your IT staff need to perform time consuming manual ME firmware parameter customizations when your new systems arrive. For many forward-thinking organizations, the efficiency and productivity benefits of having firmware configured during the manufacturing process is a must.
Through Intel’s® Management Engine (ME) firmware parameter customization options, Lenovo can set ME firmware parameters in accordance to your preferences. This insures that only your organization can manage the systems from the minute they are manufactured. In addition, remote management of the PCs can easily be performed via the ME management console.
The result? Your technicians will be freed to perform higher value tasks.
Save time, resources, and costs
Before your new PCs can be put to use, your technicians need to perform final 'fast boot' configuration tasks. These include:
- Running Microsoft Sysprep.
- Installing drivers, applications, and anti-virus software.
- Encrypting hard drives.
Performed in-house, thse tasks can often take your IT staff between 1 and 2 hours. However, with Lenovo First Boot, you can automate the processes for any image type and move the activities into Lenovo manufacturing. As a result, you save time, resources, and costs - right from the start.
Immediate control of IT assets from day one.
Having your IT staff manually apply asset tags to your organization’s computers is a time-consuming and expensive process. However, Lenovo Asset Tagging removes this burden and reduces your costs by having Lenovo apply your asset tag during manufacturing.
Not only do you have complete control over the look of your asset tags, your asset tag numbers can be placed into the system BIOS. You benefit in having stronger inventory control because your PC management software can automatically track and report on all of the assets in your organization - saving you time and increasing accuracy.
Our asset tags come in various sizes based on your needs. They can include:
- Standard bar coding.
- QR codes (2D bar coding).
- Contact details (eg company name, phone number, and technical support contacts).
- Purchase order numbers.
- US Government required IUID number.
- MAC addresses.
Unique laptop covers
A misplaced laptop when travelling can be costly – in terms of the system’s price and the business-critical data that it may contain.
You can help deter theft and increase brand recognition from day one by having Lenovo laser etch your laptop cover during manufacturing. By customizing a laptop’s cover with your organization’s logo, messaging, or contact details, you make your PC more distinguishable and identifiable.
Fully customizable, you can combine Asset Tagging with Laser Etching for a secure, tamper-resistant means of identifying your organization's laptopsand safeguarding your investment.
A misplaced or stolen laptop when travelling can be costly – in terms of the system’s price and the business-critical data that it may contain.
By having Lenovo laser etch laptop covers during manufacturing, you can make your PC more distinguishable and identifiable from day one. Engraved with your organization’s logo, messaging, and contact details, your PCs can help increase brand recognition and even deter theft.
Fully customizable, you can combine Asset Tagging with Laser Etching for a more secure, tamper-resistant means of identifying your organization's laptops and safeguarding your investment.
Customized instructions included with new systems.
When new PCs are rolled out, end users are usually called upon to perform a few basic tasks. However, should any problems arise or information is missing, the first place that the end user will turn to will your IT staff.
Lenovo Drop-In-The-Box lets you include customized, essential information for users inside the packaging of new PCs. As a result, you can increase efficiency by making self-installation a more seamless process - thereby reducing the number of helpdesk calls.