IT in the Ad Biz

May 15 2008   1:14AM GMT

Here We Grow Again

JohnWilder John Wilder Profile: JohnWilder

We’re getting bigger again. Eric Mower and Associates has just combined with another agency here in Syracuse. We’ll be adding 43 people to our current staff of 80 in this office, and they’re moving into our offices around July 1st. Good news for the agency – significant challenges for IT.

Space is going to be a huge issue. Squeezing another 40 people into our existing space is not going to be easy, and we’re going to be using some spaces which have never been used for offices. Wireless seems like a convenient solution, but we’ve never felt that wireless was a good option for our Creative staff, and that limits our options in terms of who can occupy any wireless offices.

The space issue also presents another possibility – telecommuting. We’ve discussed telecommuting in the past, but we haven’t really done much of it. On the other hand, many of us in the company can and do work extremely efficiently from home. Working from home has been a way of life for those of us in IT for several years. Many of our other users have also become quite adept at working from home, and we’ve even introduces a handful of IP phones in the past couple years. All of this makes me wonder if perhaps we shouldn’t step this up a bit as we’re squeezed for space. Telecommuting is tough for our Creative and Account Service staffs which tend to need more face-to-face interaction, but we have others, including myself, HR, and Accounting Directors who might actually be able to share an office and work from home on the days we’re not in.

Communications is always a challenge, and what’s going to make this really interesting is our ongoing implementation of Microsoft’s Unified Communications system. Having this happen in the middle of that implementation is going to be challenging, however it also presents opportunities to utilize the new systems to actually speed up the integration. Prior to the move in date, we may utilize the Communicator client to provide chat and voice connectivity with our new co-workers.

Like I said – the integration will offer significant challenges, but that’s nothing new in this business. We’ll figure it all out, and I’ll fill you in on the highlights.

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