Posted by Jeff Hussey on Jun 1, 2015 7:00:00 PM
For IT groups, moving locations, whether it's a single office or a campus, can be a stressful time. There are a million details to coordinate, and the business is looking to you to make sure that business will continue throughout the move. If the move happens successfully, you're a hero who guided your company through a difficult challenge. If it fails, the business loses money non-stop while you and your team work frantically to bring communications back on line.
At NCA Carrier and IP Solutions, we believe in making that first scenario happen. The second scenario? Not so much.
In order to pull off a successful move of your corporate communications infrastructure, it takes planning, execution, and a lot of communication with your providers and your staff to pull it off. To help out as you begin your planning for the move, we've provided some tips, along with ways in which NCA Carrier and IP Solutions can help you during every phase of the move.
Start Planning Now - A very common mistake, one which most companies make, is to underestimate the amount of time it takes to plan for a move, and the level of coordination that goes into it. NCA Carrier and IP Solutions can take some of that load off of your shoulders.
Align your plan to your business objectives - Prioritization of the assets and applications to move is critical, ensuring that those assets that make the most difference to your business receive the attention and resources they need, so that the business can be assured of their availability. NCA Carrier and IP Solutions can help you define your objectives.
Take this opportunity to upgrade - One of the better parts of an office move is that it allows you to explore options in terms of your network - perhaps now is the time to consolidate some of those T-1s into a new MPLS or ethernet circuit. While this can add complexity, NCA Carrier and IP Solutions can advise you on options, and assist your team with the migration.
Establish and test your destination network well in advance - Perhaps the most critical aspect of the move is to establish the network at your destination as far in advance of the move as possible. To do this takes coordination between your team and the carrier(s) you're working with, and NCA Carrier and IP Solutions can help you manage those carriers and keep the project on track.
Have a fail-back plan in place - Even with all the planning in the world, things can go wrong. Because of that, you need to establish contingencies for what happens when things go wrong, and a method for 'failing back' to a known-good state so that business can continue while the issue is resolved. NCA Carrier and IP Solutions can help you with all aspects of your planning, incorporating contingencies and responses into that plan.
Leverage expertise wherever you can - You can not only utilize third parties to help with the move, they can also be a resource for you to leverage, with experience that you can incorporate into your own planning. NCA Carrier and IP Solutions is just such a partner, bringing years of experience and knowledge to bear for you.
NCA Carrier and IP Solutions understands what it takes to bring off a successful move and network migration, and we bring that expertise and knowledge to work for you. If you're exploring options for moving your office, we can help, and we'd love to talk to you about those options. Contact us today to get started.