When making preparations for an office move, there are so many factors and variables to consider that some aspects are in danger of being forgotten or delayed, and this could prove to be a costly mistake. In our increasingly technology-reliant culture of today, IT infrastructure is one area which you really can’t afford to ignore. Contracts and installation take time, and a lack of a proper infrastructure after completing the move could cause substantial disruptions, so plan in advance and pay close attention to the following advice, broken down piece-by-piece to help you stay on top during your relocation project.

Internet Access is of Vital Importance

With so much business now being done online, ensuring that you have fast and reliable internet access is crucial. Even if you don’t directly rely upon the internet to source potential clients or make sales, being cut off from your emails while you scramble to put something in place is far from ideal. Certain departments may also rely on internet access for their work, such as a customer service team providing their services via social media platforms, which is a commonplace practice for many businesses.

Make sure when moving office that you clearly communicate your network requirements to the appropriate person, as insufficient speeds will cost money and cause a fair bit of frustration for staff members. It is also important to plan such things well in advance, as many providers have quite a lengthy timespan for installations.

Consider Cabling

There’s little point in splashing out on high-end internet routers and associated technology if the cabling in your new premises is incapable of such speeds. The strength and speed of your internet connection is undoubtedly important, and so it is highly recommended that you inspect the cabling provided and make any necessary changes well before the move itself. Consider not only your current requirements at the time of the move, but also your needs for the future.

Cables can however be a health and safety nightmare if improperly placed as they present quite the tripping hazard. Head over to our previous article for advice on how to manage this.

Connection Points, Ports & Sockets

Power, power everywhere so let’s all have a… where’s the plug socket? This is not something you want to hear on your first day in new premises, so make sure to consider such things ahead of time. It is strongly advised that before moving, you create a detailed floor plan highlighting where connection points and other ports are required, and how many. Once again it is crucial to consider predicted future requirements as well as those of present. Telephone jacks, although highly important, are one of the most commonly-forgotten aspects in this regard, so don’t make the same mistake.

Servers & Associated Services

This may not be a factor for many businesses, but those who operate servers for either the purposes of the company itself or their customers must consider the requirements of such infrastructure. Ensure that your new premises have sufficient space to house said servers where they can be properly wired up and air-conditioned as required.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.
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