IT Relocation Project Management
Tips to help Project Manage an IT Relocation
Business IT Needs Assessment
The starting point for any major project such as an IT Relocation is to assess your technology needs in the new location. Take into account the technology and equipment you currently use, and evaluate whether it’s capable of meeting your needs - both now and in the future. You may wish to take advantage of some of the latest technology advancements so that you can operate more efficiently in your new office. Don’t forget to consider your longer term growth plans and how these might impact your IT requirements. It’s far more efficient to think ahead now before you move in, rather than go through the upheaval of installing more cabling further down the road.
Contractor Selection Process
An IT relocation is a complex process that can cause a multitude of problems and disruption if it is not properly planned. We recommend getting professional external help from an IT & Telecoms Company. They are not only capable of providing the technical expertise you need, but they are also acutely familiar with handling business relocations and they are aware of the importance of getting your business up and running quickly in the new location. We recommend getting quotes from 3 IT relocation companies to ensure they meet your budget and logistical requirements, and have the relevant expertise needed to fulfill your organisation’s relocation objectives.
You will need to give due consideration to your phone lines when you move to a new location early on in the planning phase. Telecom providers stipulate long lead times for ordering new phone and ISDN lines so it’s important you plan ahead for these so they are installed in time for the move.
Prepare Site Specification
Your IT relocation company will need to work closely with your Space Planners once the new office layout has been finalised. This is so that the network cabling, phone lines and printers have all the relevant IT infrastructure they require to function correctly.
Oversee Equipment Configuration & Installation
The installation and configuration of IT and phone equipment will all need to be overseen by an IT project manager, and all equipment will need to be tested prior to staff arriving so that business operations can recommence promptly.
For more information on how to project manage an IT relocation, download the IT & Telecoms Checklist.
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