Office fit outs and relocations, particularly for growing businesses, will present new challenges for your IT infrastructure. If you are relocating to a new office, be sure to conduct a site visit and take detailed measurements of the space to see how much cabling you will need. Understanding the physical demands of your new space and floor plan is the first step to a smooth transition.
Once you understand what your new location or spatial planning will require of your IT infrastructure, you should conduct a thorough audit and review of your current setup, including the length and volume of your data cabling. Undertaking a comprehensive upgrade to your business’ IT system can often feel intimidating or impractical, but there’s no better time to consider one than when you’re packing up the whole apparatus anyway. Review where your IT system is and isn’t meeting the demands of your business and incorporate any necessary improvements into your transition plan.
Your business can’t afford to be without an operational IT setup for very long, so it’s important that your transition be done quickly and efficiently. Put together a comprehensive plan for the move. Include a checklist of all items, the order in which they must be disassembled and then assembled, which boxes they are placed in, and when they can be reinstalled. Make sure that every item is clearly labelled before it is removed so that no cables or servers get mixed up.
During your transition, your IT infrastructure will be particularly vulnerable to physical damage and data breaches. Therefore, be sure that you invest in effective and accessible data backup and recovery solutions before you begin physically handling your IT infrastructure. Your IT partner can probably help with this, and you may have some backup and recovery solutions already in place, but now is the time to review them and tie up any loose ends before the transition begins.
The day your daily business operations resume in your new (or newly renovated) office is an exciting one, but it can also be a bit frightening. After all, it’s the first day your freshly reassembled IT setup will be properly tested, and any issues that arise now must be repaired on the fly. Consider coordinating with your IT partner to have a professional on hand for the first day back, to help resolve any minor niggles in the setup as life in your office figures out its new normal.