As departments expand and contract depending on business demands, physical changes within the workplace are necessary. For example, what if your company decided to strategically relocate multiple data centers to ensure business continuity?
Relocations allow your organization the ability to upgrade essential hardware and network infrastructure that your business relies on. For instance, you recently rolled out a POS (point of sale) system upgrade and now you need to add/remove POS locations based on store changes.
A demanding business landscape is the reason why your company faces the reality of moves, adds, and changes. Technology enhancements are the driving force behind the competitive business environment companies currently work in.
It may seem that upgrades and updates to technologies are never-ending, and in a sense that is true because companies must adapt in order to stay ahead of the competition. Moves, adds, and changes are necessary to support new technological developments. And while this may sometimes present logistical challenges, they also represent opportunities for the organization to exploit new business generating potential.
Let’s examine some examples of moves, adds, and changes and how to effectively manage them.
One example of a “move” is when a retail business needs to move digital signage throughout their locations when remodeling stores. This requires moving power and data cable locations to accommodate the re-positioning of the digital displays.
In addition, the applications that manage the digital signage content are administered oftentimes from a central location, perhaps even a data center. What if the organization is moving the data center? This would require disconnecting existing servers, racks, and other hardware – then moving it to the new location, with a new structured cabling system, and reinstalling. Such moves can carry considerable costs and complexity that must be managed properly to ensure a smooth transition with limited service interruptions.
Imagine your business is expanding its VoIP communications system – requiring installation and configuration of new voice/data cables and an updated patch panel. VoIP migration is predicated on an increase in network bandwidth and an evaluation of the network infrastructure. This increase requires additional structured cabling capable of supporting the increased bandwidth as a result of the enhanced VoIP infrastructure.
Let’s say your company provides guest room Internet access and desires upgrading to a higher quality HSIA system. This may require an upgrade to current network infrastructure, such as fiber optic cabling. Enhancing antiquated infrastructure with an upgraded structured cabling foundation supports the HSIA system that your customers have come to expect.
Ultimately the success of any move, add, or change relies on the relationship built with a competent partner that provides expert service and deliverability. Well managed moves, adds, and changes are the result of a thorough evaluation/assessment, timely procurement of new hardware and software, logistical coordination of new equipment, reliable on-site installation, and cut over support. And this leads to a well-supported business that now has an enhanced and/or more efficient technology foundation to help drive further opportunity and growth.
Does your business have experience with a move, add, and/or change recently? If so let us know what the move, add, or change was, how it went, and what new opportunity you feel it provides.