We now move our focus from the technology, and look at the logistics of your upgrade or replacement process. There are some big questions to tackle here.
Forklift or migration?
The answer is almost always “migration”, so you need to factor the migration process into your decision making and planning. This opens up additional questions such as:
- availability of space for two systems co-existing side by side,
- the method of migration, the impact of migration on the everyday and potential emergency operations,
- the desired level of functionality between the old and new systems.
The migration process is often over-complicated and unnecessarily costly, even though some simple logistical measures and inexpensive technical solutions are
perfectly sufficient. Employing experienced system designers and installers will minimize the potential risk to critical communication during the system changeover.
Defining the migration process – what, who, when?
What internal resources can be delegated to the project? What roles could they play? For example, you may have someone on your team who can act as your internal Project Manager. Alternatively, you can hire an external resource who will oversee the project on your behalf?
Who should carry out the work? This may be assigned to one vendor (“prime contractor”) or you may have management resources to save money by contracting the civil work, licensing and other sub-projects to third parties.
When should the implementation/migration take place? Weather impacts on potential construction work and site access, but also needs to be considered for other reasons. For example, coverage testing should be conducted between late Spring and early Fall under full foliage conditions – the presence of leaves on trees impacts
At this stage, you should also consider your post- implementation needs, in terms of system maintenance and administration.
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