In a world where a large and ever-increasing proportion of business takes place online, office IT relocation is arguably as important, if not even more so, than getting your physical furniture and documents into their final places in your new premises.
The core components of office networks need to be installed and any necessary cables connected before your business can get back up and running, and with very complex cabling in many circumstances, that requires careful planning to avoid a prolonged period of downtime.
But it’s also important to make sure your existing services are not cut off ahead of time, as this can be equally disastrous in terms of lost earnings, and potentially even more so if you are disconnected unexpectedly.
Comcare’s office IT relocation services can take into account these kinds of concerns, so that we can deliver a smooth and seamless transition to your new premises, where any business interruption is due to the physical process of relocating, and not due to a lack of IT services in place.
On top of this, we offer these top tips for office IT relocation, to get everything back up and running as soon as possible in your new premises.
- Plan twice, install once
Draw up a physical floor plan of your new office layout, as well as a network plan for any cabling, wireless connections and fixed IP addresses you need to allocate to specific machines.
- ID your equipment
If you have many identical workstations, or even several identical printers that need to be installed to specific parts of your new premises, make sure you can identify the different machines with clearly legible unique names or numbers affixed in the same position on each device.
- Uninterrupted service
Make sure old connections will not be cut off until you move, while new connections will already be available to you. Also check the number of plug sockets or network wall ports, to make sure there are enough to connect up all of your equipment in the correct places.
- Put someone in charge
It’s useful to have a designated person in charge of directing the installation process – and the dismantling of your existing network, for that matter. Name one person to make the final decision on any disputes, and make sure everyone is ready to follow their instructions, and the process should run much more smoothly.
- Many hands make IT work
It takes time to attach a large number of cables to the right places and check equipment is fully functional – Comcare can provide an extra pair of hands on moving day to make sure your new network is built as quickly as possible, with no mistakes.