1. Plan, plan, plan and plan some more: Costs and time will be saved if you have a well documented and agreed plan of the site and expectations before you begin.
2. Appoint your project director as early as possible to allow them to play a much larger part in the planning process.
3. Set the governance between vendors, suppliers and contractors before any work begins. This helps to stop (but not eliminate) finger pointing.
4. Power and cooling are of ultimate importance so decide what the square metre power rating for the centre will be and stick to it without exception.
5. Vendors have access to huge amounts of information from all over the world – make sure you tap into that source and use it to your advantage.
6. When choosing suppliers and contractors you need to be convinced they have done this type of work before and can demonstrate that with references.
7. Costs must be managed but scrimping on basic infrastructure will only hurt customers in the long run. Use the best the customer can afford.
8. Building variations are the devil’s child! Never, ever accept them at face value, always challenge the cost and the time.
9. Don’t forget to celebrate the completion of the task and have your project team walk away wanting to work for you again.