If you aren't looking to obfuscate the identifiers for security reasons may I suggest a naming convention that tells you at a glance what's going where?
SW001/1/12 - TR1-11-24 - Immediately tells me this cable is
12, and connects to
1, Patch Panel
TR1-11-24 - 3-313-2 - Immediately tells me this cable goes from the panel identified above to the third floor, room 313, port (wall jack) 2.
If you use datacenter-style connectors that take a whole port group from your switch and connect it to a patch panel you would label the connector at the switch end with the panel it corresponds to(
TR1-11), and label the panel / ports with the
SWxxx/blade/port style labeling.
There are a few big drawbacks to this (major infrastructure reorgs require a lot more relabeling than a blind number system), but also some big advantages (a server dropped off the network? You can locate the dead port/blade without needing to pull up your database of connection IDs).