Moving offices can be a major headache for any business, particularly as IT mistakes could cause costly downtime. With so many factors to consider, how can you make the transition as smooth as possible?
1. Backup everything
If any of your computers are lost, damaged or stolen during the move, the data stored on them will be lost – possibly permanently. It is vital that you have a second copy of all of your business information before the move starts.
In the event that something goes wrong, you can use the backup to bring systems back online quickly.
2. Move to the Cloud first
One way to greatly simplify the transfer of systems and data is to adopt Cloud-based services. By using a hosted file storage service like CloudDrive from Broadband Cloud Solutions, you no longer have to physically move data.
Better still, if there was to be a problem with any of your systems after the move, your data will still be available in the Cloud. Even if an issue arises that stops you from being able to get set up in your new premises on time, authorised users can still access their data from anywhere, allowing them to work from home if needs be.
3. Check the infrastructure before you start
Issues like the availability of sufficient power points or network cabling are easily overlooked when choosing a new office, but they are also vital to successfully completing the move. Without enough power, or network points, you will be unable to get all of your systems up and running from day one.
Make sure that you fully audit your power and network requirements before the office move begins so that you can arrange for the new office to be kitted out in readiness.
4. Get professional help
Moving computer hardware isn’t necessarily a specialist job, but reassembling a complete network probably is. By partnering with a suitable qualified, experienced IT consultancy like Broadband Cloud Solutions, you can be sure that all of your systems will be dismantled, transported and reconnected properly.
An IT consultancy will also be able to test everything before you open for business, verifying the office move was successful, and troubleshooting any teething issues you may encounter.
5. Don’t forget Plan B
As mentioned above, there is always a risk that the move may be delayed, or incomplete for some unforeseen reason. And although your business may be able to survive a day of lost trade, it is always best to avoid that eventuality.
Make sure that your office move planning includes a backup option – like support for remote working if required – so that you can continue to deliver the service your customers demand.
Contact Broadband Cloud Solutions today for assistance in planning your next office move, and allow our team of experts to help simplify the process for you.
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