Date posted: 31 May 2018 – Category: Cabling Services
There are many factors you need to consider when relocating to a new office space, especially when it comes to infrastructure. If not properly planned and executed, it can cause unnecessary expense and productivity loss down the line.
Considering all the stresses that come with meeting deadlines, satisfying bosses and employees, and sticking to budgets, your structured cabling and the networks it supports may be low on your priority list.
But if done well, you’ll save yourself from a lot of IT issues like slow connection speeds and Wi-Fi loss in your new office.
Here are a number of things you can do to save you from future headaches:
Plenty of problems come out or the woodwork as you’re nearing moving out day. That’s why you need to devote at least a couple of months before the move to lay down a plan. Make sure you have the following tasks completed:
Have your IT team work with relevant departments (e.g. HR, facilities) during the planning process. This way, you’ll be sure that your internal stakeholders will all have their needs met when they start working in a new environment. Document these requirements, so you can create and incorporate these solutions from the outset.
Buildings can come with hidden challenges for your structured cabling, including ceiling voids, congested floors, or hidden girders. Your new property manager should have a detailed plan and schematics that you can use but, if they don’t, take note of the following:
They key here is getting an accurate visual sense of where each piece of your IT puzzle will fit. That way, you’ll have everything you need network-wise once you move.
Structured cabling comes with a number of advantages that can benefit your business in the long run by handling basic tasks (e.g. voice, fax, data communications) as well as sophisticated video and data signals. However, keep in mind that a cabling infrastructure is only as strong as its weakest link. A faulty cable can affect the entire network, so make sure that your structured cabling is installed correctly.
Truth is, buildings are not designed with IT in mind, which could then limit your infrastructure when you move into it. Get a reliable network specialist on board and a certified cabling company like TVNET for consultations and advice on the following:
When choosing who to work with, make sure that you’ll get ample support—from planning to on-site visits to day one of moving into your new office. After the move, your cabling expert should also be able to test your office’s network and come up with solutions should issues arise.
Lastly, you need to be able to transport all electronic equipment properly. This is, however, not as easy as storing everything in a box and placing them inside a moving truck. To make sure all your equipment and data arrive safely, you should do the following:
Proper installation of structured cabling is integral in helping the entire staff adjust to their new environment. A company that relies heavily on technology will lose a significant amount of business if phone lines or the internet is down.
So before you move into your new office, contact our reliable and professional team and we’ll be more than happy to help you survey, design, and install an efficient network.
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Fiona Francombe, Site director, The Bottle Yard Studio