By Steve Cerocke
With the economy improving and businesses growing, we are seeing more requests to assist customers in relocating their IT infrastructure as they expand to new facilities. This year we are also seeing more IT infrastructure work from new start-ups, and business mergers.
If your organization is in a similar position and looking for a new location or expanding in to an additional location, make sure that you perform due diligence on your business IT needs. Here are a few tips to insure that your technology works and is ready for business when the keys get handed over.
Internet Access. Before you sign the lease on your new place, make sure that you can get fast and reliable Internet access to your office. You would be surprised at how many times we are called in after the decision has been made on the new facility only to find out that Internet access is either slow, non-existent or really expensive.
It is always a good idea to confirm that at least two Internet service providers (ISP) are serving the facility, particularly if you are using cloud service providers for critical computing services. Having redundant ISPs can be important when one fails and the other is still up and providing access to your remote applications and services.
Since more and more companies rely on fast and reliable Internet access to deliver their services, messaging and products to clients, Internet access should be top of mind. With the growing popularity of hosted IT services, like those provided by Microsoft Office 365 and cloud providers, an inexpensive DSL service may not be fast enough to deliver a positive end user experience for staff, and should probably be relegated to a failover option in case your primary high speed line fails.
Facility Wiring. Business owners are always excited to design their new offices spaces and get the tenant improvements started, but for some reason the network cabling, IT infrastructure power and data location cooling are often overlooked. Engage your contractor and IT team early to make sure these items are part of the tenant improvement plan as they can be expensive to do later.
New IT Equipment. Whether it is buying a few new computers for the move or installing new network gear and servers, keep in mind that there may be a long lead time on business IT products and implementation services. The IT planning side of a move or expansion is not a trivial matter. Multiple vendors with many interdependencies all need to be coordinated for a successful transition.
If your company is planning a move or expansion, take the extra step to audit available Internet providers before you sign the lease and include IT as part of the planning process. The additional up-front work will save you time, money and headaches when the move occurs. With the proper planning the transition of IT services can be nearly seamless with only a few hours of downtime.
Steve Cerocke, founder/president of IQ Systems Inc. of Reno, can be reached at 775-352-2301, ext. 1001, or firstname.lastname@example.org.