With Riordan Manufacturing moving its operations in China from Hangzhou to Shanghai, there are many factors that will need to be considered by Information Technology (IT) over the next 5 years in order for the transition to go over smoothly. Moving business technology equipment will be the most complex and challenging part of the relocation process. There are critical decision-making factors to consider other than cost alone. There are a lot of loose ends the company must tie up before leaving one Chinese city behind and moving on to the next. The relocation will entail moving staff, housing, office, and equipment to a new unfamiliar location (About.com, 2014).
With the progression of Information Technology, businesses depend heavily on IT operations. With the development of e-business functions, the survival of businesses depends heavily on the ability to be in operation 24 hours per day and 7 days a week. It’s critical that downtime is kept to a minimum or eliminated completely. Some continuity issues could take the business offline for days, but even minutes of downtime can prove costly (Sans, 2014).
By starting the planning now will allow time to eliminate a lot of risk and allow for a well-thought-out and smoothly executed move. If Riordan Manufacturing fails to provide services, stops production, or reduces work output, it is considered a day of lost revenue, followed by the potential for permanent loss of customers who decide to take their business elsewhere. Keeping the business operating during the move will be most important to this company’s continued success. Riordan will create a moving plan and ensure employees are of the schedule so that they can stick to it (About.com, 2014).
This move will take a lot of human resource time and energy to complete, so when the company is planning for the move IT will be sure to take this into consideration as well. Budget for staffing will be a part of the moving expenses. The relocation of Riordan...