Moving Office? Make sure you don't leave IT behind.
IT Relocation Tips for a successful Office Move
An office move is an exciting time and all staff members will be looking forward to moving into their new office space. Their basic expectations will be simple: namely, that all of their IT equipment will be working properly on the first day in the new office.
Sounds reasonable enough to me!
So why is it that so many companies get this criticial piece of an office move so badly wrong? The truth of the matter is that the success of any IT Relocation comes down to planning and preparation - together with a willingness to call on the service of outside expertise to plug any knowledge and skill gaps.
The end game of an IT Relocation is to ensure that a company's entire communications infrastructure (computers, servers, copiers, faxes, phones etc) is up and running on that all-important first day in the new office space. And all this has to happen within budget and without unnecessary business disruption.
There are 3 common pitfalls that companies moving office make:
Underestimating what is involved with an IT Relocation:
You would be well advised to remember the fact that if your computers and phones aren't working on day 1 in your new office then your company can't properly operate (and if it can't operate then you're losing money). A simple rule of thumb is to plan for every eventuality - and then have contingency plans for everything (work on the assumption that if something can go wrong then it will).
Failing to start the IT Relocation process early enough:
There's a lot to do and the earlier you start planning your office IT Relocation, the greater chance you have in making sure that business is not disrupted before, during and after the office move. The lead times for many component parts of an IT Relocation (especially phone lines) are often far longer than many companies plan for - and your business simply can't afford to be left without essential connectivity.
Neglecting to co-opt the expert skills and knowledge of IT Relocation professionals:
How often has your internal IT department been involved in an office move? Probably not that often - which can leave you exposed from an experience and skill-set perspective. Conversely, there are IT Relocation Companies who help organizations through an office move for a living. They are completely up to speed with all of the latest best practive methods of safely (and efficiently) moving IT infrastructures - and their support and guidance can prove an invaluable addition to your office relocation project team.
To help ensure that your IT & Communications infrastructure is correctly in place in your new office (with everything tested and fully functional) then download the free IT Relocation Checklist now.
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