How IT and Computer Equipment Move Office Relocations
By: PR Works
"The checklist of things needed for a successful office move is fairly long. You can successfully relocate an office of 100 people with everybody's work station in place but if IT is not up and running within a reasonable period, then the move can have some serious financial repercussions,"
Added Rohlfing, "If you're a company with sales of $2M and a net profit of 10 percent, IT costs you $450.00 per hour while operating. If you have downtime of 10 hours—five hours before and five hours after the move—it will cost $4,500 in profit for downtime. Most companies don't consider that as part of the relocation equation. If you hire the wrong mover and your cost could be considerably higher."
To that end, BTI offers a simple worksheet to calculate and compare your company's downtime cost.
Additionally, Rohlfing recommends the following essentials in developing that game plan: a complete IT infrastructure assessment of current and proposed locations; an evaluation of epower, uninterruptable power supply (UPS) coverage for critical office technologies, HVAC, CRAC Room ventilation, network and equipment positioning requirements;
The game should also include evaluations of: wifi network coverage; physical security, alarm and employee access systems; network downtime options versus redundant hardware and applications during cut over; technology upgrades for potential project consolidation or modernization;
Wire management plays a pivotal role in IT relocations. Any move plan should include a focus on how to improve the look of each workstation. For example, utilizing new variable height desks to keep wires from getting tangled.
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Steve Dubin, PR Works