IT Support - 10 Tips for moving office

10 tips for a problem free office move

Until recently moving offices used to be a lot easier. It was almost as simple as ordering a removal van and getting your phone line transferred!
With the advent of the internet and email, business continuity is vital. Businesses just cannot afford to be offline or for their staff being unable to operate.

Here are 10 tips from BITS to enable your move to go smoothly

1. Consult your IT provider early on in the process – they can make a big difference to how smoothly your move will go.

2. Don’t believe everything your internet and telecoms providers tell you, for example if they say they can handle your move on the same day. A worst case scenario is it can take weeks if not planned well in advance.

3. Just because you have an internet connection at your offices doesn’t mean you’re sorted. There may be other factors to consider such as email and remote access.

4. Make the most of redirection to mobile phones during the move.

5. Get the new office up and running and thoroughly tested before you actually shut down and move all your equipment there.

6. Don’t forget to consider cabling. Is everything you need already there? Does it work?

7. To ensure business continuity consider whether you need to do it out of hours or at the weekend. It may cost you more in staff overtime but consider the cost of business disruption if it is done during working hours.

8. Equipment that is on all the time often fails when it is turned off. For example that server/firewall/switch/router that has been turned on permanently for the last five years may not come back on at the new site. Be aware of this possibility and test outside of normal operating hours.

9. Involve your staff early on in the planning. They may have ideas and pinpoint issues you are not aware of. If you are going to need them to work overtime, involvement is the best persuader!

10. If you use a professional outsourced IT provider they will help you make the move go as smoothly as possible and minimise disruption.

BITS can take the pain out of your office move. Please contact us for advice.

You can easily contact us by email, via our enquiry form or simply call us on 01373 888 333. Posted by Lee Edge on 13/10/2009

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