A network upgrade is a technical challenge because it will affect each component of a company’s IT infrastructure. Network upgrades also tend to impact a greater number of users than any other IT segment. As a result, it is crucial that any action plan for an upgrade utilizes best practices as set forth below:
Part 1 will discuss the first three of the top seven tips for an effective network upgrade.
Crucial to a network’s success is the thorough documentation of an upgrade. It should detail how new technology functions and its maintenance during production. Standard documentation practice should include regular reviews and updates. Network upgrades supported by detailed documentation have a greater probability of being thought of as a success because support administrators can quickly refer to needed information.
Every successful network upgrade communicates well with its end users. As networks impact everyone, targeted communications have to provide accurate information regarding the effect of the upgrade. Comprehending how an end user utilizes the network for a particular position is necessary in order to be able to explain how an upgrade will affect their responsibilities during maintenance and after the completion of an upgrade. Every modification of how employees interact with a company’s network infrastructure has to be clearly expressed with detailed documentation.
The integration of security is very important in the planning and implementation of a network upgrade. While it may seem convenient to neglect security measures in order to minimize business disruption, this kind of expediency will result in upgrades that create significant security vulnerabilities that are very challenging to repair after production.
Part 2 will cover the last four tips, Rollout Strategy, Reversal Strategy, Plan for the Future, and Support Staff Training.
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