Telecom Consulting Blog

Five Tips to Support a Successful Technology Relocation

Posted by darcy knapp on September 17, 2015  /   Posted in Telecom Consulting Blog

Business relocation is more than boxes, bubble wrap and technology. It’s about how the business will prosper; it’s about moving into new space and installing operations flawlessly. It’s about commencing work in the new location on day one (as if you’ve worked there for years).

Potential clients have asked what it takes to relocate technology without the headaches, sleepless nights and worrisome second thoughts: did we cover everything?

1. DUE DILIGENCE: Take a complete and thorough inventory of every current piece of technology room (data center) and desktop technology: Perform an inventory of all telecommunication circuits: voice, data, Internet, market data (Reuters, Bloomberg), business (Lexis/Nexis, MedLine) and others. Do you pay for other equipment or circuits that are off‐site (and possibly not on any bill you actually pay, but paid elsewhere in your firm or by others)? Review all telecommunication invoices for accuracy prior to moving. Discrepancies may translate into refunds or rebates.

2. REVIEW all physical technology: PC’s, laptops, tablets, printers, switches, servers, routers, UPS’, voice system (gateways, servers), software and telecommunication carrier contracts to identify title or lease ownership. You may discover you’re locked into a long lease or actually own a fungible asset. This provides the opportunity to discover if upgrades are required or if changes to contract language are needed. You may desire to sell or donate legacy or superfluous hardware.

3. CONTACT your proposed telecom carriers immediately to alert them of your plans. Be prepared to order circuits with a minimum 60 calendar day lead time. Remember: hosted and cloud applications may alter your bandwidth requirements and; telecom connectivity may alter this need, too. Depending on complexity and construction realities, circuits should be installed several days to several weeks prior to the relocation date.

4. CONSIDER the technology rooms. Remember: technology is the pulse of your business: physical placement is critical. Are hosted solutions, Cloud applications, IPT or VoIP inevitable? Where will your main technology room be located? What are the spatial requirements? What are the power & UPS requirements? What are the HVAC
requirements? What are the WirelessLAN requirements? What growth is built into the design? What ‘green” initiatives can I deploy? What mobility applications are required?

What Business Continuity plans should be built into the design?
How will personnel be alerted when ‐ not if ‐ problems occur? Think cooling failure, power failure, water damage, illegal entry, etc. If you relocate to more than one floor, will one technology room suffice or, will you profit from an additional space (to accommodate cabling, distance restrictions and/or additional technology)?

5. PROFESSIONAL Assistance: How much time will be spent on the aforementioned activities? What dollar value do you place on that time? Do you (or your staff) have the expertise, contacts and TIME to collect, gather, design, produce specifications or RFP’s, evaluate, recommend, negotiate, coordinate, and manage a successful technology
relocation? Simply: we’re ready to help.

6. BONUS ACTIVITY TIP. What technology infrastructures must be confirmed well before you relocate?

Call TCG at (716) 241-1920 or E‐mail us at tcg@tannerconsult.net for the answer. Service Areas: NY & NE USA

Eliminating the Desktop Phone?

Posted by tannerconsult on September 26, 2014  /   Posted in Telecom Consulting Blog

Looking to eliminate the desktop phone? This can be done with an IP telephony “soft phone” application. Simply, your Laptop or PC- deployed with the appropriate software – becomes the vehicle to support  telephone communications.  A headset or USB handset is typically used to support this application.  Although the soft phone application has been typically marketed to home/office and “road warrior” personnel some clients are looking to reduce capital expenditures (eliminate desk top phone costs) and remove electronic clutter. This technology appears to be gaining traction, but it is not for everyone: there are feature and work-culture trade-offs. Call us if you would like to learn about them.

Remote Support Realities

Posted by tannerconsult on September 24, 2014  /   Posted in Telecom Consulting Blog

A new client informed TCG they would be using their local network integrator to support their headquarters location – located in upstate New York – and remote site relocation -located in New York City). Unfortunately, the client did not conduct full due diligence to discover how their “remote” NYC site was going to be supported in the event on-site service / maintenance was required. This became a significant logistical and fiscal challenge.

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Make sure your business understands the implications of using an “enterprise” vendor who does not have formal presence at your remote sites.
Call TCG at 646 325-4944 or E-mail us at tcg@tannerconsult.net

SIP Trunking Realities

Posted by tannerconsult on September 24, 2014  /   Posted in Telecom Consulting Blog

A new TCG client told us how they had been proselytized by a carrier with an opportunity to replace an established PRI with SIP trunking: all in the name of cost reductions. The service – installed for approximately two years – achieved cost reductions, but at a price: the firm lost the ability to transfer calls from the SIP trunk to its other locations. Customers requiring transfers are asked to hang up and re-dial another number.

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Make sure your business understands the implications of new technology and the requirements to maintain network integrity. Can your business afford abrupt service changes?
Call TCG at 646 325-4944 or E-mail us at tcg@tannerconsult.net

Hosted Solution Challenge

Posted by tannerconsult on September 24, 2014  /   Posted in Telecom Consulting Blog

A recent TCG client approached us with a challenge: design a solution to replace their substandard hosted voice service. TCG evaluated the environment and constructed a plan: develop a formidable MPLS network connecting their three locations with an IPT in-house solution. TCG leveraged the client’s embedded infrastructure to establish the groundwork for the IPT solution and purged their network of redundant legacy analog lines. Additionally new, more cost effective measures were introduced: in-house conferencing and Unified Communications set the stage for future telecom economy-of-scales.
Call TCG at 646 325-4944 or E-mail us at tcg@tannerconsult.net

Enterprise Challenge

Posted by tannerconsult on September 24, 2014  /   Posted in Telecom Consulting Blog

TCG was recently engaged to project manage a critical fast-track IPT upgrade transformation for a major international bank. TCG identified challenges to the established project plan; fashioned a rationale approach to project time frames; fostered team progress; helped craft a viable PMO template and successfully cut over 1200 call center agents & 5000 total endpoints to IPT over one productive weekend.

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Looking for experienced IPT telecom consultants and project managers? TCG is your source.
Call TCG at 646 325-4944 or E-mail us at tcg@tannerconsult.net

Relocation Challenge

Posted by tannerconsult on September 24, 2014  /   Posted in Telecom Consulting Blog

This client approached us with a last minute challenge…
With only two weeks before this retail call center relocated within their building to another floor they contacted TCG for help: there was no commitment from the company’s network carriers and telecom vendor to relocate their voice systems and all voice, data and internet circuits to the new floor.

TCG obtained a vendor to relocate the voice system, contacted all carriers; removed needless circuits; negotiated more effective, competitive carrier rates and arranged for all circuits to be promptly relocated.

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If your business is relocating, contact all carriers at least 60 calendar days before the relocation; review all telecom contracts; confirm the ability to conduct the required changes and obtain a committed relocation time & date or,
Contact experienced telecom consultants and project managers to facilitate your relocation. TCG is that source.
Call TCG at 646 325-4944 or E-mail us at tcg@tannerconsult.net

NYC Telecom Consulting Service

Posted by tannerconsult on September 23, 2014  /   Posted in Telecom Consulting Blog

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Tanner Consulting Group

Tanner Telecom Consulting Group (TCG) provides assistance to companies looking to expand, relocate or upgrade their phone services in the greater NYC area. TCG is a NYC Telecom Consulting and project management firm serving the tri-state area including: NYC, Northern New Jersey and Southern Connecticut. TCG has more than two decades of experience in the NYC Telecom Consulting market. TCG specialized in relocation and project management business services. You can find support and an honest comparison of NYC phone services to make sure your business has the right telecom or voip contract to meet your needs. TCG offers services to local small business and enterprise level companies to determine the best solution for your telecom needs.

NYC Telecom Transformation

TCG has upgraded (transformed) scores of local and enterprise companies to new business phone systems. We have fostered upgrades from PBX to VoIP and server based full convergence (IPT); from PBX to hosted services, from hosted services back to on-premise IPT and to telecom mobility.

 

NYC Telecom Relocation

We specialize in business relocation, telephony relocation and technology relocation. We have relocated scores of local and enterprise business to new sites throughout the tri-state area: NYC, north New Jersey and southern Connecticut . Before you select a new location or plan your move, consider TCG Telecom Consulting Services. TCG will review your proposed new location before you sign your lease to insure building facilities and on-site premise telecom needs can be met.

Click here to obtain our “Five Tips to Support a Successful Technology Relocation” guide.

TCG also negotiates and advises best practice for asset swap, pre purchase or physical relocation of tangible assets into new facilities.

 

Technology Project Management

Technology Project management consists of a central point of contact for budget formation, pre-scheduling, architectural planning, facilities management, circuit installation, carrier coordination, business continuity (DR) planning and project deliverables.

 

 

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Contact us today at (716) 241-1920 to request a service or receive more information on our telecommunications consultant company.
Hours of Operation: Monday–Saturday, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.Proudly Serving: NYC, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and the Northeast USA.
TCG’s Mission:

  • Provide competent independent telecom consulting and technology project management protocols
  • Assure your business and technology meets are met with an unbiased and professional telecom consulting team
  • Utilize best practices to conduct successful business phone systems telecom technology relocation and transformation for your business
  • Supply additional business and technology solutions as required to meet your telecom needs
  • Offer independent objective advice: TCG has no financial connection with vendors or carriers
  • TCG is “vendor neutral.” Finding your best telecom solution is our only goal.

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