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Here's a review of the key points that we've covered in this article:

  • Plan your timeline. Base it on the move date and work backward.

  • Perform a technology assessment. See what's out of date now or will be after your move.

  • Take the opportunity to upgrade. Plan for the future. Knowing your lease term will help with some areas, such as cabling.

  • Determine a course of action. Get organized and coordinate schedules for your move team and your vendors.

  • Establish a budget. You always have to know how much money you have available. A tight budget will limit your options, but do your best to influence management to see it your way.

  • Planning is 90% of the work. Brush up on your project-management skills. A good plan will breed success and make executing the plan uncomplicated.

In the next article, I'll write about how to design a new computer room. I really hope that you get the opportunity! Starting with a blank piece of paper and drawing how you would lay out the core of your network is really an exciting process. Use your imagination and visit other company's computer rooms to gather ideas. You'll only have yourself to blame if you don't get what you want—unless you run out of money first!

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