Once you have sourced new premises for your business relocation, scheduled a professional removals company, notified your staff and clients of your upcoming move, there’s just one thing left to organise – your IT relocation. IT relocation can take time so it is not something you want to leave until the final hour. To ensure a successful transition to your new offices, ensure you start preparations for your IT infrastructure at least 6 months in advance of moving.
Here are 4 key things to consider for your IT infrastructure when moving office to minimise disruption to your services, saving you time and money while also keeping your employees and customers happy.
For the majority of companies in 2017, connection to the internet is essential in the day to day running of the business. Thankfully the days of dial-up internet are far behind us and fibre/superfast internet packages provide lightning speed, enabling us to quickly connect with clients, business partners, market products, purchase goods and much more. When moving office, it is important that you clearly communicate your speed, reliability and security requirements to your IT professional or landlord so that they can ensure the new premises have the right tech infrastructure implemented to support your business.
When moving into new premises you need to be aware that the network infrastructure of the previous tenants may not be suitable for your company’s needs. It is important to think about three basic considerations when assessing your network cabling. Think about what your office’s current technology needs, what your future technology and infrastructure requirements are and what your budget is. Remember that the cables you have determine the maximum speed of the internet so if you are going to invest, choosing the cheapest option may be appealing now but you may have to spend more down the line replacing them due to reliability issues. Always get between 3 and 4 quotes when considering cabling and ensure that they have a warranty.
3. Connection Points
It is a good idea to create a floor-plan of your new office space early on, which includes the location of your electrical outlets. Having this information physically on paper will enable you to be identify any potential problems before moving day and can save you stress. You will need sufficient power outlets and telephone jacks for each computer/ device but will you have enough connection points as you grow and expand further down the line?
An important consideration will be if your office will be hosting one or more servers, where will they go? Do you have enough space to accommodate them where they can be wired correctly and have the necessary air conditioning or do you need to build out a new space to meet your business requirements?