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A new world for data centers: is your team ready?

Updated: Oct 4, 2022

It’s 2022, and we in the data centers industry are feeling the impacts of the most taxing moment in our short history. A new landscape has arisen, bringing with it challenges fundamentally different than what we faced with Y2K, the bubble, and even the 2008 subprime financial crisis. We’re in the midst of a perfect storm – and we must right the ship to weather it.

Solutions for increased data usage

With the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, many businesses found themselves shifting immediately from primarily in-person office operations to mandating that the majority of eligible employees work remotely from their homes. Thus the data centers arena – for industry leaders, personnel, and clients – has been impacted dramatically.

Moving from collaborating with a team in a shared space – with shared, substantive technical resources – to working alone, remotely, with no on-site support has changed the way that projects are managed. We now coordinate over distances, creating virtual command centers and relying on innovative technology to ensure seamless business continuity.

This has led to unprecedented stress on personnel, as well as on the data centers industry as a whole as we evolve to meet the ever-increasing demands on data usage. Talent, budget, and managing expectations around supply chain issues are paramount considerations to run a data center properly and meet the client's needs.

Talent to meet the demand

Factors related to the additional stress employees have experienced under the cloud of COVID-19 have also led to a phenomenon known as The Great Resignation. Particularly in the US, Europe, and China, remarkably high numbers of employees at all levels are resigning from their posts, citing stress, wages, and illness concerns as their primary reasons.

Financial and sociological experts predict it will take years to recalibrate and adjust to our collective, newfound approach to work. In alignment with Ramboll’s mission and values, prioritizing people above all else, we encourage employees to strike the balance that best enables them to thrive. Leading by example, we hope to inspire clients to do the same.

Through these ever-shifting circumstances, data centers and mission critical facilities must keep pushing forward. Should clients find themselves with a hard-to-fill vacancy, we can step in and provide consulting services to bridge the gap. This relieves the burden from project managers when hiring and training may prove challenging, allowing them to focus instead on timely and cost-effective delivery.

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With expert services for all project stages throughout Buildings, Energy, and Environment & Health, Ramboll offers a full suite of sustainable solutions to data centers and mission critical facilities. Contact us to learn more.

About Author

David Eisenband is a proven leader in Business Development. David’s experience in the Critical Facilities environment began eleven years ago when he joined the EYP Mission Critical Facilities team. He worked with top-tier financial institutions, pharmaceuticals, technology industries, and top colleges and research universities. He helped attract new business including the first Data Center Co-Location within a world-renowned stock exchange. David also maintained relationships with the top real estate firms, architects, construction managers, and OEM organizations.

David built and led the Critical Facilities Service Line in Latin America for a Fortune 50 worldwide technology leader. He conducted business with “C” Level individuals and participated in steering committees related to large projects. David's experience includes Data Center projects that received “Uptime” tiered 3 & 4 certifications in the region.

David joined the Worldwide Technology Services Consulting team for this fortune 50 organization. He ultimately served as a Global Program Manager where he directed the Intellectual Property Program. This program included global strategies to bring emerging technologies to the market, resulting in business initiatives with multi-million dollar revenues.

David's experience includes managing an Energy Savings Performance and HVAC Contractor. He participated in negotiations with the Port of Miami, The Miami International Airport (MIA, and Florida’s Main Utility Company, The Florida Power & Light (FPL).

David has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Florida International University, Chapman Graduate School of Business.

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