As a company, it's essential to have a clear understanding of your internet circuit inventory. However, keeping track of circuit inventory can be a daunting task, especially when dealing with a large number of circuits and changes in your network over time. In this blog post, we'll discuss the importance of organizing your circuit inventory and provide tips on how to do so effectively.
Why organize your circuit inventory?
The first step to organizing your circuit inventory is to understand why it's important to do so. Having a well-organized circuit inventory can help you in several ways, including:
- Improving circuit management: When you have a clear understanding of your circuit inventory, you can better manage your circuits. This includes troubleshooting issues, identifying areas of improvement, and optimizing your network for better performance.
- Saving time and money: When you have an organized circuit inventory, you can quickly identify circuits that are not in use or are redundant, which can help you save money on unnecessary circuits.
- Ensuring security: The Internet Service Providers (ISPs) send notifications when suspicious or malicious activity is detected on an internet connection. The notifications typically provide modest details, ex. Site ID and Account Number. You need to be able to map the activity to the location where it is occuring so you can eradicate it. A current and complete circuit inventory allows you to do so.
Challenges with circuit inventory
Before we dive into how to organize your circuit inventory, it's essential to understand the challenges that come with managing circuits. Some of the challenges include:
- Information is in various places: Circuit information is often scattered across multiple systems and documents, making it difficult to get a comprehensive view of your circuit inventory.
- Outdated information: Circuit information can quickly become outdated, especially when changes are not documented promptly.
- Incomplete data: If you've grown your circuit inventory through acquisitions, you may have holes in your data.
Tips for organizing your circuit inventory
Now that we've identified some of the challenges that come with managing circuits let's discuss how to organize your circuit inventory effectively.
- Gather all circuit information in one place
The first step to organizing your circuit inventory is to gather all circuit information in one place. This includes information such as circuit IDs, location details, service provider information, and hardware information. By consolidating all your circuit information into a single system, you can easily view and manage your circuit inventory.
- Regularly update circuit information
Once you've gathered all your circuit information in one place, it's essential to regularly update it. This includes updating information when changes occur, such as upgrades, additions, changes or decommissions. By keeping your circuit information up-to-date, you can ensure that you have an accurate view of your circuit inventory.
- Consolidate data from acquisitions
If you've grown your circuit inventory through acquisitions, it's essential to consolidate data from all acquired companies. This includes identifying missing data and filling in any gaps to ensure that you have a complete understanding of your circuit inventory.
In conclusion, organizing your internet circuit inventory is critical to efficient circuit management, cost savings, and security. While it's possible to handle this task in-house, it can be time-consuming and challenging to gather missing data and to keep up with the ever-changing landscape. At s2s Communications, we specialize in managed internet services and can take the burden of circuit inventory management off your plate. Our team of telecom experts will ensure that your circuit inventory is up-to-date and optimized for performance, so you can focus on your business's core operations. Contact us today to learn how we can help you with your circuit inventory needs.
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