Why Perform a Network Assessment?

There are many circumstances that can drive a company to need to assess their network devices, topology, connectivity and security posture. Some of most common are:

 

General Inventory:

Organization grow over time, acquire other companies. Many times, devices are often added on the fly and configured ad hoc to get things working. In these situations, focus can be more on getting things done and there can be less thought on things such as strategy, security and compliance. Documentation can often suffer as it can be given a lower priority in fast paced environments

Problem Resolution:

As problems come up, it can be astonishingly difficult to overcome when networks have grown organically over time and documentation is lacking.

Compliance:

Many companies have industry specific regulatory bodies that govern how they must operate. Having a solid network design with detailed documentation is always the foundational requirement to comply with these regulations.

Network Upgrade/Refresh:

This provides an opportune time to “start with a clean slate” mentality. Knowing what its really going on in your network (both hardware and software) not only provides a solid justification for capital investment but ensures that you are making the right capital investments. Overall design with performance, redundancy and security considerations with be your roadmap for the future.

For more information contact us at sales@appliedtech.pro or call 636.274.8000 to discuss your network assessment requirements with one of our Account Managers or Practice Leaders.

Why Should You Assess Your Structured Cable Requirements?

Do you know if your network infrastructure is in line?

 

Often structured cable is only looked at when something goes wrong, or if it’s being expanded. As such, physical network infrastructure tends to grow naturally and lose uniformity. Updating your structured cable can seem like an overwhelming project to undertake, but is important for efficiency and uptime. Thankfully, Panduit is here to help you with that first crucial step: getting an assessment.

Why do You Need an Assessment?
You can’t make decisions if you don’t know what you’re dealing with. Your network may not be failing you yet, but it could be causing a loss of efficiency, and waiting until it does fail will result in downtime. The best way to be prepared is to stay informed. Maybe you don’t need to take immediate action yet, but the only way to know for sure is to have an assessment.
Companies often have “top floors” and “shop floors,” which may have their structured cable configured differently. This can cause delays in troubleshooting issues, security risks, downtime and overall loss of revenue. When companies have multiple locations, this issue becomes increasingly important to resolve.

What’s Involved in an Assessment?
Panduit partners with you to assess your physical network. They have extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of industry standards and guidelines to assess the current state of your structured cable requirements, and help you create a plan moving forward.

Assessments generally take one to three days, depending on the size and previous documentation available. Beyond an initial facility tour and their final presentation of the assessment, your team will not be interrupted. Panduit has a list of partners and a full team of engineers to help with assessments. All you have to do is sign off approval for them to take relevant photos for their report.

Both a detailed report and light assessment are provided. These can range anywhere from 30 to 200 pages including photos. These include outlines, diagnoses of issues and recommendations for solutions or a redesign if warranted. These are presented to the main company stakeholder, and Panduit encourages Informational Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) representatives to attend the presentations.

Taking the Next Step
The information provided is intended to be comprehensive, not overwhelming. That’s why Panduit walks alongside your company to create benchmarks for a long-term implementation strategy. You’ll have a roadmap going forward that both your IT and OT departments can collaborate on. Panduit can also recommend the best products for your situation.
Every situation is different, but Panduit and Applied Technologies are devoted to helping your company recognize and address network issues to help improve your daily processes and prepare for the future.

For more information contact us at sales@appliedtech.pro or call 636.274.8000 to discuss your structured cable requirements with one of our Account Managers or Practice Leaders.