Most project managers tasked with their first data center move naturally search for an example Work Breakdown Structure(WBS) or a Microsoft Project Plan file they can modify. What they quickly learn is that these examples are incomplete and don’t accurately reflect what awaits the first-timer.
We’ve published a number of tips and best practices for data center moves. It’s natural to feel a sense of panic when it becomes clear that an investment in time is required to move successfully.
The bias against using outside help also colors the first-timer’s approach. You don’t know what you don’t know and yet you are about to embark on leading a complex project. Seek to understand the critical elements you may be missing.
Here are key resources for increasing your knowledge about a data center move:
- Our 36 page Data Center Move Guide helps you learn the basics
- The Data Center Move Checklist is a primer to spur your planning
- Understanding the Budgeting Paradox will help you understand why arriving at a budget can be tricky
- Three Tips to Tackle an Urgent Time Line will help address time-sensitive moves
- Have you considered alternatives to moving? Here’s Four Reasons Not to Relocate Your Datacenter
- Is your procurement searching for a Data Center Relocation Statement of Work (SOW)?
- The Cloud is not magic – Understand how to approach a cloud move.
Your data center move will be unique. Invest the time to build a plan instead of hoping to modify an ill-fitting boilerplate you found on the Internet.