IT can be a powerful business driver. But putting the right IT together is a highly complex process, fraught with pitfalls and potential problems. Whether we’re talking VoIP phone systems, server configuration, or wiring up your entire new office space to avoid WiFi dead zones or other connectivity issues, proper cabling is important.
Not every project is the right fit for DIY. And much less so when it comes to your business IT infrastructure. Here are five that things taking advantage of professional cabling services can do for your office infrastructure.
Scale up and out for success
Are you maximizing your current infrastructure? If you’re like most businesses, where technology feels like being along for the ride, this can be a tough question to answer. There can be so many variables that determine what your network can and cannot handle.
Not to mention that, depending on your specific mixture of hardware, software and buildout, there might be a variety of solutions that will help you address both vertical and horizontal growth. Not all solutions are created equal, nor do they all provide the same scalability and growth potential.
A professional services provider will be able to help you determine what equipment is maxed out, how reconfiguration might help, and how to get the most bang for your buck when upgrading your IT infrastructure.
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Coding and labeling for organization
So many wires, so little time … Even the best IT equipment will run into problems, which may result in downtime. If your network cabling, including phones, access points, servers, etc. is not coded and labeled, good luck getting individual devices, switches, or ports back online in a timely manner.
Not to mention it becomes much harder to expand workstations without proper coding and labeling. By taking an organized, professional approach up front to designing and organizing your infrastructure, you take a whole set of complications off the table.
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Less congestion, more connectivity
Proper cabling maximizes functionality. The way you configure everything from switches to servers has a massive effect on network performance. Poor cabling can create bottlenecks that slow device access and application response.
It can also lead to WiFi dead zones (or black spots) that leave entire portions of your office without an internet connection. This affects productivity as well as onsite mobility. And it’s a problem that doesn’t have to exist at all.
A little planning goes a long way in putting together a network that has the right speed, coverage and resource allotment for your workplace.
New solution integration
Whatever your current network configuration, there could be additional equipment or solutions that will make it function better with a focus on proper cabling and connectivity. Unless you’re a technology expert, it can be difficult to tell without a complete network audit.
For example, your cabling could be outdated or otherwise compromised. The right professional services provider has the expertise and experience needed to identify potential or ongoing problems as well as suggest and implement the best solutions to address them.
Streamlined configuration and organization that looks great
Your company is a professional, respected brand in your industry. And your technology should look and function as such. Poor configuration can create nightmare downtime scenarios if your network is an unsightly mess of interconnected switches and productivity-robbing bottlenecks, cables running across the floor.
You also just want your office technology to reflect your professionalism. Poorly bundled cables, or cables running across the office floor, probably don’t present the level of professionality your clients appreciate.
Even if your clients don’t visit the office, poor cabling on servers and other key equipment is more than an eyesore. It’s a productivity drain. By having a professional approach to your cabling and configuration, you’ll both give off a professional vibe and also reap the productivity benefits in the process.
IT is the spine of your network operations. Which makes cabling the neuropathic wiring that keeps it all connected. A professional approach to cabling can reduce downtime, increase connectivity, maximize professionalism and streamline growth.
Of course, it’s possible you could successfully handle your cabling and connectivity issues in-house. But at what cost? Outsourcing your cabling and connectivity needs to a qualified professional will free up your employees and time resources. That way you stay focused on what you do best – growing and achieving your unique business goals.