IT Relocation Checklist
The Internet has brought innumerable benefits in the last 15-20 years, but with that has come added complexity to the systems that make everything possible. In the background of every email or file transfer you execute at work is a whole ecosystem of IT infrastructure.
So if you are moving office, it’s important you plan the relocation of your IT network with care.
Office IT Relocation Checklist
Beyond the obvious goal of needing to move your entire IT infrastructure from one building to another. Your ultimate goal is to minimize the downtime your office experiences as a result of the move. There are numerous office relocation checklists out there to help you prepare for the move. We are going to focus on some of the major pitfalls of moving office and how you can mitigate them.
- Warn your provider – Contact all technology vendors, internet service providers and carriers well before you make your move. These are your acting partners in your IT relocation, so you want them to be part of the planning process. Two months is the minimum amount of warning you should give.
- Upgrade your technology – Moving office is great opportunity to evaluate your entire IT infrastructure and determine what should be upgraded. Every item you choose to upgrade won’t need to be moved. Upgrades can be up and running well before you move offices. Similarly, if you are leasing any items, you can use this as a chance to upgrade and move the replacement items into your new offices early.
- Determine communications requirements – Each site has varying capabilities and characteristics, so it is important you determine your exact needs when it comes to data cabling, phone lines, and Internet and power outlets well before you move in. It could turn out the entire building is in need of an upgrade to meet your specifications. Infrastructure upgrades must be planned early on in the process.
- Do a walk-through – By planning far ahead of time and knowing where each item in your IT network will be located in your new office, you can start to cover the smaller details and problems as well. Your vendors should walk through the new office with you, since they will have more experience in spotting the smaller potential problems.
- Protect your data – This has become a huge industry recently, and for good reason. Your data is important to the running of your business and quality of your service. You need secure backups in case anything goes awry in the move.
Hopefully your office relocation won’t seem so daunting.
It’s important to remember whether you have dedicated IT department or a managed IT support provider. You aren’t in this alone and there will likely be some sort of a tenant advisory package available to you.
If you plan everything ahead and stress-test your assumptions, you’ll be able to execute your IT relocation in a time efficient and cost effective manner.
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