Office relocation myths exposed
Moving to a different office space is a significant and stressful event in the course of an organisation’s lifetime since it is a major project that needs to be planned and executed properly. Yet, despite being aware of this, many fall for two major IT relocation myths.
Myth #1: Our in-house IT team can handle it
Assigning the task of decommissioning and recommissioning to your internal IT team can be a terrible mistake. Even though they might be familiar with the process, it is rare for an in-house IT team to completely power off every IT component and then restart them all. A complete shutdown process is a risky operation as it can lead to loss of data or component malfunction so each step must be followed with precision. The internal team does not necessarily have the knowledge that is required in safely decommissioning and moving technology and as a result they might end up improvising ways of managing the process.
Myth #2: We’ve done it before, we can do it again
Each relocation comes with its own unique challenges. Assuming that the move might be as successful as the previous one is an easy trap to fall into because networks and systems grow over time. Even a slight change can have a ripple effect on the business, causing delays and headaches for all involved, as well as additional costs.
Only a few organisations have experience and knowledge on relocation management. If you feel that your internal IT team is not experienced enough to take over your move, you should look for IT relocation experts who can provide a thorough pre-move consultation and a dedicated project manager. The success or failure of your IT move will ultimately be based upon whether you finish on time, within budget and whether the business continues without interruption; therefore, it should be planned, budgeted and managed correctly.