FAQ’s about the impact of smart cabling in a digital age; A guide for Marketing, HR, Finance and IT teams

FAQ’s about the impact of smart cabling in a digital age; A guide for Marketing, HR, Finance and IT teams
August 7, 2018 Joanna Goddard
Structured Cbabling ND Communications

By assessing the quality and digital ‘future proofing’ of your current cabling set up, potential improvements and opportunities to leverage the latest developments in technology can be maximised. This is often assumed an IT function however by bringing Marketing, HR and Finance teams together, significant business improvements and savings can be made in unison across your whole organisation. Structured Cabling is a smart solution.

Many organisations underestimate how investment in Structured Cabling solutions can make savings and maximise efficiencies for digitisation, as well as improve information security such as:

  • Preparing for expansion – increasing the number of IT and telephony users
  • Preparing for adopting AI solutions – marketing innovations
  • Preparing for increasing video usage – digital marketing solutions
  • Preparing for increased remote workers – HR developments
  • Preparing for increased engagement with the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Tapping into buying power – reducing voice and data bills as usage increases

A properly designed and installed cabling system provides an infrastructure that delivers secure and predictable performance as well as the flexibility to accommodate changes, maximise system availability, future proof your organisation and provide the capability to embrace IoT (Internet of Things).

Here is our guide to frequently asked questions about cabling to get you started – for Marketing, HR, Finance and IT teams:

What is Structured Cabling?

The term Structured Cabling describes a standardised way of connecting wires, allowing computers and electronics to communicate and network. Structured Cabling is a type of infrastructure that supports the performance of an organisations network. It’s ‘the glue’ that connects all the computers, phones and devices together.

Simply put, this is an organised approach to your cabling infrastructure. Normal cabling is defined as point to point, where a cable is run directly to and from devices that need to be connected. In a Structured Cabling system, a series of patch panels and trunks are used to create a structure that enables devices to be connected, moved or removed without the need to pull in new cables each time a change occurs. All patch panels are cabled back to a main distribution area where all moves, adds and changes are logged and take place with the use of patch leads. Patch leads are small cables used to link patch panels together to create circuits. This improves security and reduces risk for business continuity.

Will Structured Cabling help reduce IT costs?

Structured Cabling can often lower maintenance costs. Fibre Optic cables or category 6 cables rarely fail, but if they do, having a properly installed cabling structure can ensure it’s faster to identify problems and easier to replace the cables. As increased numbers of organisations reply more heavily on cabling for every aspect of business that becomes digitised, this is becoming part of business continuity planning for many.

Will Structured Cabling increase the speed of doing things online?

Structured Cabling will give you faster transmission. Faster transmission is essential to businesses these days with many feeling that they wait an age to download files with their traditional circuits. Many companies, therefore, want to move data to the point of use as quickly as possible and having a structured cabling system that is capable of supporting 100mbps or even 10Gbps allows them to achieve this. This affects remote workers and marketing teams who want customers to be able to access and download large file quickly and easily.

If I invest in Structured Cabling now will it be a waste when we are ready to expand?

Structured Cabling can help future proof your business! One of the biggest benefits of a Structured Cabling system is the high bandwidth it allows. This infrastructure will be able to facilitate business growth better than an unstructured cabling system because it is adaptable and scalable. Since Structured Cabling systems package wires neatly in a way that’s easy to manage, there’s seldom an issue when adding new machines or technology to your IT environment. If your business grows and you want to buy new computers or add video conferencing, it can be done without interrupting daily operations. It can also make office relocations go much smoother.  This again helps keep your data more secure through reduced risk.

We are embracing IoT – will Structured Cabling help?

Infrastructure plays an increasingly critical role in enabling the Internet of Things (IoT). Whether providing a wired or wireless connection to devices, the IoT is evolving to meet customers’ needs for better data in real time. This includes connectivity, web chats, AI, apps and dashboard reporting across numerous platforms. Structured Cabling will help you deliver this. Structured Cabling can be combined with the IoT to achieve a variety of benefits including automation of key business operations, energy management and cyber security.

Will Structured Cabling reduce our down time?

Structured Cabling will help reduced risk of downtime! There is a high risk of mistakes being made with multiple unorganised cabling structures, which can have a profound effect on workflow and increase the amount of downtime. Having a well-documented cabling plan will ensure that downtime costs are minimised and that troubleshooting problems in the future is made easier and more efficient. Regardless of how well-organised your cabling is, issues may still occur. It’s the nature of technology hardware to malfunction from time to time. However, a structured cabling system makes it less time-consuming to isolate the problem and solve it.

Will Structured Cabling have any impact on health & safety?

Structured cabling helps reduce health and safety risk! In addition to being unsightly, messy cabling systems are downright unsafe. With unorganised cables, there’s a higher chance of fires, electrical shocks, trips and falls. So yes structured cabling does indeed help support a safe working environment for those who manage health and safety compliance in the workplace.

Our experienced secure communications specialists can facilitate a multi team analysis, provide you with a review and suggested best value solution in line with the plans across all your teams.

There is no such thing as a daft question – if you are new to infrastructure and are not clear if you have Structured Cabling in place or not don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team is well versed it cutting through the jargon and providing straightforward pragmatic advice.

Contacts us to find out more.