Moving a business often opens up several key benefits: lower taxation, better access to skilled employees, lower operating costs, or the room to expand. While relocating your business often pays off in the long run, there are some short-term IT concerns that are worth considering as you plan your transition. Check out these top concerns and make sure your business has a plan for them for your upcoming business relocation.
If your computers and technology are packed up while moving from one location to another, that means there could be a period where your system is down. The longer your infrastructure is down, the greater the impact on your sales and customer service. Having a backup solution can help get you back up and running quickly.
Loss of Productivity
Employees need constant access to the tools and business systems central to their jobs. If employees don’t have cloud-based solutions that enable them to work anywhere, your move could severely impact their productivity.
You may be able to enjoy a smoother, faster transition if you take advantage of cloud-based business solutions. A unified communications as a service (UCaaS) solution allows employees to log in and connect even if there’s very little on-premises infrastructure up and running.
IT Equipment Transportation
Moving is stressful enough, but when you’re relocating valuable IT equipment, the stress increases because of the possibility of damaging or misplacing equipment or peripherals. What happens if a piece of equipment is broken during transport? It’s wise to weigh the expense of using office relocation services versus the risk of doing it yourself.
Communication with Customers
Making sure your customers know how to get in touch with you is critical. Have you communicated:
- The fact that you’re moving?
- When the move will happen?
- What your new address will be?
- The systems that may be temporarily impacted by the move?
It’s best to take care of this ahead of time, being sure to reach out to both customers and vendors. Especially if your move will impact the services or solutions you provide.
When moving office locations, it’s important to reevaluate your internet needs. Because you have a chance to set up the new network infrastructure, this is an excellent time to reconsider how much bandwidth you’re going to need. It may help to:
- Evaluate your communications system and its bandwidth requirements
- Double-check the bandwidth requirements of business-critical applications
- Consider moving some bandwidth-heavy processes to the cloud instead of keeping them on internal servers. This may significantly reduce your in-house internet needs
While relocating a business can be a stressful time, and there are a lot of things you need to plan for to have a smooth transition. We hope this list of top IT concerns will give you something to consider before your upcoming move.
If you need help navigating some of these complexities, reach out to a TPx business consultant and see how we can help with your upcoming move.