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What is a Lead IT Architect?

As technology continues to become the backbone of everyday business applications, collaboration, and culture, businesses must design work spaces with their end users in mind.  Learn how the lead IT architect role is changing the office buildout and relocation process.

Digital Workplace

A company’s workspace should adapt to meet the cultural shifts that have evolved into today’s norms. This is particularly true of the non-collaborative office environments of old compared to the tech-enabled offices of today that draw the hottest talent and enable people to connect and collaborate in seamless ways. Whatever the future vision for your company, we are the ones who align it with a space that fits that vision.
Netrix believes the end user holds the key to understanding how a company’s employees want to leverage a workspace. Building end-user friendly environments increases communication in your organization, increases productivity, and improves employee satisfaction by enabling people in and out of your organization to collaborate quickly and easily through a host of IT and telecommunications solutions.

The Netrix Digital Workplace Services Group follows a six step process known as AIA to build the collaborative, high tech workplaces of today:


Listening Phase
Concept Phase
Build & Deliver Phase


Discovery of vision for the new space. Examination of how clients collaborate today, how tech is working currently, and how to conduct business more efficiently.


Framing out of business questions and problems to define how to move forward.


Development of technology concepts. Tailoring of technological implementation ideas to end user behaviors.


Design for internal systems. Conceptualizing needs into tangibles: network infrastructure, wireless networks, unified communication environments, physical security, AV, collaboration services, and more.


Building the solutions necessary for the project.


Examining user data of the deployed systems to ensure employees are leveraging the space properly and get the most out of your investment.
The Big Question:

How do you build a new office and relocate your workforce?

The story behind the Lead IT Architect role in one of the world’s largest private construction projects.

1871s 90 Day Buildout

1871 is the entrepreneurial hub for Chicago businesses. The non-profit organization has a 60,000 sqft footprint in Merchandise Mart that needed to be collaboration ready in 90 days. Without IT staff on hand, 1871 worked with Netrix to design and manage a unified communication solution and a LAN and wireless network. Today, Netrix manages the facility 24/7 with a Netrix engineer on staff.

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Products and Services

Netrix can develop specific use cases per room or per room type and guide clients on what to do with each space. We also make technology recommendations based on a client’s environment and goals.
Netrix designs and builds networks with the end user in mind, not hardware. Our approach and process includes a very key research phase that includes surveying key stakeholders and surveying the user community. From this data, we begin our analysis to find common themes. Often times we find misalignment in what executives think the users want and will use and what end users want and will use.
The Netrix comprehensive suite of products and services includes:

  • Design build capabilities: planning from beginning to end of the relocation project
  • IT budgeting
  • Network infrastructure planning and implementation
  • Task-specific remote planning
  • Restacking of existing spaces
  • Office-in-a-Box

Envisioning Deliverable

1. Equipment

Product selection for all AV collaboration equipment for new conference rooms, huddle rooms, and overall technology.

2. Roadmap

Determine new ways for collaboration; remove standalone and point-to-point systems.

3. Costing

Budget numbers for total cost of the proposed technology areas.

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