Dynamic's First SEWP V Order

Federal Government

Dynamic Computer Corporation is pleased to report that we have received our first order through NASA's SEWP V contract. It's from the U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific in San Diego, California. SSC Pacific ordered a load balancer to optimize web traffic.Dynamic officially became a SEWP V Prime Contractor on May 1 of this year. To receive a significant order so soon is an honor – and a tribute to the hard work of our terrific staff. Thanks, U.S. Navy!

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4 Ways to Ensure IT Supply Chain Quality

Enterprise IT, Life Cycle Management, Q-wrx solutions

In the nearly 40 years Dynamic has served customers, we've seen that enterprise IT purchasers – no matter whether they're from commercial, government, or nonprofit organizations – have four main concerns about the IT supply chain. We like to call them the four C's: confidence, compliance, convenience, and cost control.

Confidence

Like all purchasers, those responsible for acquiring IT for their organizations want to feel confident they're making a smart choice. They want to minimize risk in the supply chain. They look for proven products, and they look for IT suppliers who will test and validate the selected hardware and software, as well as handle all logistical details of the order. Dot every I, cross every T – that's the level of attention that customers should expect and demand from their IT supplier.

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10 Common Problems and Solutions in IT Lifecycle Management for Medical Devices

Life Cycle Management, Medical Device Manufacturers

How can a medical device manufacturer keep the long, highly regulated lifecycle of their human diagnostics or digital imaging product aligned with the fast-changing hardware and software at the product's core? Finding the right IT supplier who is an expert in lifecycle management, is key. These problem-solution scenarios illustrate how the device maker and IT supplier can work together effectively.

Problem 1

Our current OEM doesn’t offer the exact specs required by our new device.

Solution: The right supplier should be able to source IT from hundreds of leading OEMs and distributors. They can find the right replacement or add-on product – from the medical device manufacturer’s current provider or another one.

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NASA’s SEWP V Names Dynamic Computer Corporation as Prime Contractor

Q-wrx solutions, Federal Government

Dynamic Computer Corporation has been selected as a Prime Contractor to U.S. federal and defense agencies under SEWP V, the government-wide acquisition contract (GWAC) managed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Dynamic is the only Michigan company named to the SEWP V contract.

SEWP stands for Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement. As with the four previous NASA-managed SEWP contracts, SEWP V was authorized by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB). SEWP V helps federal contracting officers and defense procurement officers simplify and speed the acquisition of information technology products and services required for their agencies’ programs.

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Integrated IT Case Study: “Communications Are Key”

Life Cycle Management, Medical Device Manufacturers

Need proof of the value of effective IT lifecycle management for medical devices? Consider this recent real-world example. It is the story of how a leading U.S. medical device manufacturer had to swiftly scramble when the life spans of one of their most important products and its integrated IT were suddenly thrown out of sync.

No Easy Way Out

The problem occurred in 2012 when the device manufacturer learned, without advance warning from their IT supplier, that the power supply driving one of their flagship products for pathology labs would reach its end of life. Worse, the replacement power supply, as it turned out, was incompatible with the overall device.

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Lifecycle Management for Medical Device Workstations

Life Cycle Management, Medical Device Manufacturers

A medical device for human diagnostics or digital imaging will typically use a high-end workstation, rather than a standard desktop or laptop computer, for processing, storing, and displaying data. This is because of the heavy-duty graphics capabilities required.

The medical device’s usage will likely demand a workstation equipped with a high-horsepower Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and a kicked-up graphics card. High memory capacity may also be needed. And whether the workstation has a desktop, laptop, or notebook profile, its display should be larger and higher in resolution than usual. All of this adds to the complexity of product lifecycle management.

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Problems and Solutions in IT Lifecycle Management for Medical Devices

Life Cycle Management, Medical Device Manufacturers

Inevitably, the manufacturer of a medical device for human digital imaging or diagnostics will face the challenge of coordinating their device’s overall product lifecycle with the useful lives of the device’s integrated hardware and software components.

The complete medical machine or device may go essentially unchanged for a decade or more. This is largely due to regulations. A widely used medical device’s life will come to a close only after the long process of FDA approval has yielded a proven replacement.

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Optimizing Your IT Inventory: How Not to Have Too Little or Too Much Tech

Life Cycle Management, Logistics, Medical Device Manufacturers

Ah, the dream of “just in time” inventory – having just the right pieces and parts on hand, just when you need them for production.

The JIT strategy doesn’t only apply to your product’s mechanical and electronic components. It should also work for your device’s integrated IT. You can optimize the return on your hardware and software investments by keeping IT inventories to the minimum amounts required at any given time in your device’s production cycle.

Entrusting your technology purchases to a quality supplier like Dynamic Computer Corporation can be key to successful JIT.

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How a Single IT Source Can Help You Reduce Risk in Medical Device Management

Life Cycle Management, Medical Device Manufacturers

Medical device companies may be more concerned with supply chain quality than any other manufacturers. And for good reason. Just one weak link in your supply chain can bring unacceptable risks to your product’s required high standards of performance.

Nowhere is this urgency felt more than in a diagnostic medical device’s integrated IT. Your IT supplier must be fully accountable for the quality of the technology they bring to the device. They must be able to reproduce that quality – order after order. And at all times, your IT supplier must be able to help you strictly adhere to FDA requirements.

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Commanding the IT Lifecycle

Life Cycle Management, Medical Device Manufacturers

The manufacturer of a medical device for diagnostics is often challenged to synchronize the product’s lifecycle with the device’s integrated IT. The reason is fairly simple: A medical device will typically have a much longer lifecycle than most other product categories. This is largely due to the stringent regulations governing the medical device market. On the other hand, a leading IT product will commonly reach its end of life – and yield to new improved versions – much faster than other kinds of products.

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