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Technology Planning for New Construction

October 21, 2014

So you are launching into exciting and terrifying process of building a new facility for your business, congratulations! Although the building process can be stressful and frustrating, it is a good sign of progress for your company. Growth!

 

As you start to meet with architects or make your own plans for your new facility, let us raise our hand to join the conversation and remind you of the importance of planning for the technology you will use in that new building.

 

I know that it seems simple enough – you need a few computers, maybe a printer or two. How hard can it be? Harder than you think! It is fair to say that over the past 20 years in our work with IT, we have seem far more facilities that had poor planning when it comes to technology than ones that got it right. Why? There are probably many reasons, but not getting an expert option in the planning stage has to be at the top of the list.

 

We have worked with so many companies and organizations that are in need of having their technology upgraded in their facilities. This is not an uncommon thing to do given that technology changes so quickly, however, much of the time and cost associated with these upgrades could have been eliminated if the technology within the facility had been planned correctly from the start.

 

So in order to save you future time and cost, and to make sure that when your new facility is complete, it has the right technology in the right places, here are some important tips for planning technology in new construction:

 

  1. Always over cable. When planning where you want network jacks to be installed, you should always install more than you need right now. Running cable during construction is much faster (and cheaper) than running it in a finished building. Try to anticipate where you might want computers to be in the future, not just when you move in.

  2. Have a network expert review your building plans. Your architect will do their best to plan your network layout for you, but such an important part of your building infrastructure will require an expert’s review. Again, making changes once the building is complete can be costly and time consuming.

  3. Make sure your network cable in installed by a qualified network engineer.  You may be tempted to save a few dollars by pulling the network cable yourself or having a friend do it, but there are very specific guidelines to properly installing network cable, and if they are not followed you will experience issues on your network. People who try to save money on the network installation usually end up spending even more money later to have these issues resolved. Best leave the installation to the experts.

  4. Remember that a network is not just cable. The design of your network should be carefully planned before construction begins. Your network extends beyond the cable and includes hardware such as switches, routers, and servers. The location of all of these devices must be planned carefully to maximize their abilities and ensure that they are not harmed by environmental problems such as heat, dust, or water. The kind of equipment you use in the network is also very important. Your new network will only be as strong as the weakest component. This is another great reason to have your network plans reviewed by an expert.

 

If you are in the process of building a new facility, no matter how big or small, or if you are just in planning stages, Northbridge Professional Technologies wants to partner with you to ensure that your network is built right the first time. We can review your building plans and give advice on hardware and cable locations, we can design and install the network for you, and we can even take care of it all once the building is complete. Give us a call today.

 

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