When a business plans a move, there are many different components to orchestrate from moving furniture to relocating networking equipment to liquidating outdated computers. The process of decommissioning a computer system involves planning to relocate the data safely and reorganize information.
The decommissioning of an application, however, is a process to move from an older application to an upgraded one together with the relative hardware and software. The idea is to keep the data accessible in order to maintain business continuity.
It takes some planning to continue providing data access to your staff while moving major components to a new system. This job is usually left to a professional IT team because the careful migration of data is vital to avoiding data loss.
Before any equipment can be moved, the integrity of the data must be ensured by backing it up. This can be done by uploading it to cloud storage or using external hard drives.
The moving team you hire should have specific expertise in relocating networks and servers. There must be care in the planning, packing, sorting, labeling, and relocating processes.
When you request a consultation, a professional will take an inventory of your current equipment and systems and make recommendations based on your budget, the condition of the equipment and your plans for growth and upgrades. Since you are going through the process of carefully reviewing all the components and considering your goals for the new location, this would be the right time to make decisions about upgrading equipment and software to accommodate the conditions at the new location. Will you be hiring additional staff? How current is your hardware? The answers to these questions will determine whether you move everything you currently have or port the data over to a new system.
Data is often the most valuable asset a business owns, and it may contain personal information about customers including sensitive financial information. You never want to run the risk of leaving this information open to cyberhackers or in the hands of untrained workers. In fact, many businesses acquire insurance to cover data loss and risk of lawsuits should information get into the wrong hands.
Wherever your business operates, ensuring information is exchanged over a closed, secure system is of utmost importance. Making sure to put the proper measures in place when relocating is a vital step in the process.
The team who moves your network and equipment should be able to make arrangements for proper network setup at the new site ahead of time so that all the wiring and cabling can be prepared prior to the arrival of hardware. Good planning will ensure the least amount of downtime so your staff will be ready to get back to work at the new location the day you move in. You may have some glitches to work out, but they should be minimal if the system has been properly tested in advance of employee arrival.
Moving a business isn’t easy but there are ways to minimize the stress for yourself and your team.