Duration of occupation: How long you will be in the building. If you are moving into temporary quarters for say 18 months, there is less reason to put in higher performance cabling – you may not be there long enough to take advantage of it.
Ownership and investment: If you own the building, rather than lease it, you may stay there longer and be more likely to upgrade your technology enough times to justify higher performing cabling. You may even marginally increase the value of the building by putting in the right system
How risk sensitive is your company?: Downtime of your systems is inevitable if re-cabling is necessary. It also might be a possibility if the system you install is not up to the job.
In a stock brokerage, for example, being down for even an hour might cost millions. Likewise, a financial back office operation or a credit card clearing office can’t tolerate any down time. Government or military installations may have the same intolerance of interruptions for security reasons.
These customers should put in the best cabling they can find.
There are numerous other aspects to be addressed such as:
- the size of your business
- expected growth rate
- transmission speeds and capacities needed
- whether technology is part of your corporate culture and identity.