Studies show that network functionality and security are among the top priorities of small business owners when it comes to their business technology. We agree, and have seen first-hand that a network that is well designed, implemented properly, and regularly managed will increase process efficiency, staff productivity, and create a positive culture for businesses and their customers alike.
When considering network design for your business, there are a few key’s we believe are essential to creating a great solution for our clients.
Design is Personal
No two networks are the same. A custom network design is imperative to ensure the needs of your office are met. We believe innovative technology must meet functional, ergonomic and aesthetic design to provide the best end result for businesses and their clients. So, when beginning a network project, begin by asking the right questions:
- What are the biggest needs for my business technology?
- What are the software and hardware requirements for my office?
- Are there any vulnerabilities or weaknesses in security that need to be addressed?
- What ergonomic systems need to be put in place to provide maximum functionality and comfort?
Answering these questions will lend a better understanding on where you want to focus your resources and efforts when preparing to update or implement a new network.
Design for the Long-Term
Make sure your focus is long-term when it comes to your network. If you’re projecting growth in your business, it is a good idea to have your network configured proactively so that systems are already built to handle it. Taking the time to plan for the future can prevent unexpected upgrade costs, minimize speed issues from an overwhelmed network, and save you money in the long run. A 3-5 year plan is essential for a good network design plan!
Design for Maximum Wireless Coverage
Whether it be cell phones or Wi-Fi, we all fear the dreaded “dead spots” where technology becomes unusable. Good network design means assessing your office space and technology placement thoroughly. It is important to consider the construction of the building, neighboring units, and other key factors when creating a plan to ensure your office technology stays functional in all key areas.
Design for HIPAA Compliance:
Data protection and security is imperative in any business regardless of if you are regulated or not. Consumer confidence is hard to regain once lost, so having a plan for a secure network is imperative in this day and age as cyber threats become more evolved. Take time to strategically think about this facet of network design and look for any vulnerabilities in advance of an issue.
Design for Ergonomics:
Human factors and ergonomics (HF&E), also known as comfort design or functional design, is the practice of designing products, systems, or processes to take proper account of the interaction between them and the people who use them. AKA, create a design with YOU in mind. After all, your ultimate goal is to create a network that makes your life easier so that you can focus on what you do best!
So, if you have been evaluating your network performance recently and are considering a new solution, reach out to our TechSeven team. We would love to take these 5 keys to network design and implementation and apply them to helping your business reach its goals.