How to Reduce Risk during an IT Relocation
An IT relocation carrys many risks to a business, particularly if it's not planned for efficiently. By transferring and migrating your computer and IT equipment you are exposing your business to liabilities such as business downtime, delays to your move and even power outages. Risks during an IT relocation come from both internal and external factors, and to avoid them, you need to identify these risks and be fully prepared before they pose a problem.
Use the IT Relocation Checklist to help fully prepare for the move, and reduce any risk to your business.
Moving IT Equipment
IT Equipment is vital for a business to operate efficiently. If your IT equipment isn't working when you get to the new office, then you are wasting valuable business time and losing money. The business must assess the value of its equipment and then determine which equipment poses the biggest risk if it were lost, damaged, or stolen.
Don't assume that your new office will be automatically set up with the right IT infrastructure that your business requires. You'll need to first determine your networking requirements, then get advice from an IT Relocation Company about what networking cabling and infrastructure is required to get your new office "business-ready".
Your business phones are a vital part of how your business communicates to clients, suppliers, partners and the outside world. And in order to get them transferred without a hitch, you'll need to plan ahead well in advance. Ordering new phone or ISDN lines can take up to 90 days to be installed. You may need phone points moved to match your new seating arrangement ,and you may even be purchasing an entirely new phone system for the new office to operate more efficiently. Carry out a review of your business phones to find out how best to transfer your phones with minimum risk.
Back up & Contingency
Never leave anything to chance when relocating your IT equipment and valuable company data. You need to backup all your data prior to the move and store it in a secure off-site location. Find out the time it would take to reinstall it all back to the network in the event it being lost, and have a contingency of how your business is going to operate (and where from) if you experience a delay, power outage or disaster during your IT Relocation.
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