Getting a tech start-up off the ground is an involved process with lots of moving parts to juggle, from loans to occupancy to IT department to employees. But one of the most important pieces to get right is your start-up’s level of technological health and readiness.
After all, an office replete with a comprehensive technological infrastructure improves employees’ productivity and working environment, mitigates move-in and start-up costs and leverages the latest technology. It also sends a clear message to employees, clients and potential customers alike: We’re here, and we’re ready.
How do you know if your business is fully equipped for…well, business? These checklists will help you get your company up and running.
Wiring and Cables
Computer and phone wiring and cables are essential to your business’ success, but they’re often overlooked when opening a new office or relocating. Without the proper data and phone cables, a tech start-up definitely won’t get off the ground.
Ask these questions:
- Does cabling for phones and computers already exist?
- How extensively is the space wired?
- Are existing wiring and network cabling compatible with your tech equipment and needs?
- Is the new server room centralized so as to avoid Ethernet length limits?
To ensure your tech start-up runs smoothly, you need safe, reliable power supplies. The power needs of electrical equipment varies from item to item, so choosing the correct power supplies is essential.
- Does the building offer adequate power to meet your technological needs?
- Will you need DC power suppliers?
- Are phase converters necessary?
- Do you have any equipment that requires adjustable DC power sources?
- Servers tend to heat up. Does the space offer adequate ventilation and cooling to keep them running safely?
- Is a back-up generator available if the power goes out?
Communications Service Provider
Your technology systems depend on a reliable communications service provider, or CSP. Find out:
- Which communications service providers serve the building?
- Do they offer adequate service to meet your company’s technology needs?
- Do you need fiber optic connectivity?
- Can you use a T-1 line?
Today’s businesses rely on wireless networking. Unfortunately, not all office buildings have caught up with the times quite yet. Things to find out include:
- Does the office offer wireless connectivity?
- If so, does the building or area have a high density of users?
- What network security measures are available?
Security For Your IT Department
Speaking of security, you need the peace of mind that comes with knowing your physical equipment is protected. Ask:
- Is an Internet Protocol—or IP—security system available?
- Does the building security system allow for online control and include video surveillance?
With a bit of planning, your new tech start-up will be fully loaded and ready to go. Using checklists will help keep you organized and ensure that you don’t overlook any essential items or steps. Choosing the right equipment, and vetting and planning out your new space and IT department will help put you—and your new business—on the path to success.