Starting with a new client is exciting for a multitude of reasons. Some of those reasons are obvious, some are a little less so. One of the things we look forward to most is finding things that need fixing(and then fixing them) so that we can do what we do best: Ensure that the client is leveraging technology in a manner that makes them more efficient and improves their processes instead of hindering their progress.
One of our newer clients had become increasingly more dependent on their wireless network over recent years but more often than not experienced performance and reliability issues. In analyzing their existing hardware and the placement of the access points, we made the recommendation to replace their 5+ year old hardware with current technology.
This required pulling new cable to the optimal mounting locations for the new access points as the old ones seemed to be dispersed at random with little to no consideration for optimal performance. Upon moving the ceiling tile out of the way in their wiring closet, we discovered the following:
This is a perfect example of a picture being worth a thousand words. That main bundle of wires is putting a fair amount of weight and pressure on several main water pipes, which criss-cross the main electrical room for the building. The rest of the spaghetti of wires is just as special. For clarification, this was prior to us installing the new cabling.
Architects: Please don’t let water mains criss-cross the main electrical room in a building. Ever.
Contractors: See above.
Business leaders: Don’t settle for this as being acceptable. It’s not.
Furthermore, how the above passed final inspection is equally perplexing.
The end result is that this client will likely need to re-cable their entire building to the tune of thousands of dollars. All because the original installer chose not to take a few extra minutes and chose not to spend the extra few dollars to install hangers made specifically for this purpose. We hope the client never has an issue with their water feeds, either.
Don’t let skeletons lurk. They’re going to fall out of or over from whatever locations they’re hiding in and cause problems at some point. Deal with them before they become a problem so that the business isn’t impacted.