In theory, taking the technology you have from an existing office and moving it to a new setting should be simple. All you have to do is unplug everything, send it to your new location, and reconnect the cords and cables, right?
Unfortunately, it’s not usually so simple. In fact, deciding to move your own technology can end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars. To help you understand why, let’s look at five problems that often creep up along the way…
#1 Missing Hardware
You may not realize it, but there are probably hundreds (if not thousands) of boxes, cords, discs, and accessories that you use in your business. You’ll never truly realize how important each of them is until a few of them go missing.
It’s very difficult for a business owner or non-IT employee to catalog and transport many different technology items. And of course, there is always the risk of theft and/or lost pieces to worry about. That’s why you want trained technicians supervising your move from beginning to end.
#2 Damaged Components
Even if all your devices and components arrive in one piece, they may not necessarily work the way they are supposed to. In some cases, that can be even worse than having them go missing, since it could take a lot of troubleshooting to find the issue that’s causing errors.
Many business people don’t realize just how sensitive expensive pieces of technology can be. Aside from drops and bumps, they can be affected by magnets, temperatures, and a host of other factors that you might not think about during a move until it’s too late.
#3 Environmental Issues
Business owners commonly assume that as long as they have a power outlet to work with their technology should work perfectly. In reality, though, things like electrical wiring, airflow, and even physical space requirements need to be measured and considered before you move from one location to another.
Naturally, a trained IT partner can evaluate a new working environment for you to ensure you won’t have any problems moving or expanding your hardware. Without that kind of forethought, though, you could run into big problems very quickly.
#4 Incorrect Configurations
This is perhaps the most common and important of all the problems we see when businesses move their own gear. Because so many cords and components look alike, reconnecting and reconfiguring different pieces can be harder than it seems. In addition, some pieces of technology can’t simply be unplugged and then powered up again.
It doesn’t matter how good your devices or apps are if they aren’t configured to operate the way you need them to. At the same time, you shouldn’t assume it will be simple to just put everything back together from memory, or even from a few simple photos.
Setting Up a New Office or Facility?
If you need to move or expand your business – and want to ensure your technology works the way it’s supposed to from the first moment you open your doors – it pays to have a team of trained professionals on your side. That’s where Fantastic IT in Southern California comes in.
Contact us today to see how easy and affordable it is to get the expert IT assistance you need to help your business grow!