Do you ever think about what would happen to your business should disaster strike? What if you experience a serious data loss, where would you work if the building was damaged by a fire or flood? Whether it’s a natural disaster or a preventable catastrophe, businesses need to be ready for the worst – or pay the price.
Small Business Trends recently reported that over half of small to medium businesses are not prepared for data loss, and 60% of those that lose data end up closing within six months. The sad part is that businesses have the opportunity to become resilient and can fight back after an accident or disaster – but they fail to prepare for these circumstances.
The trouble is, most businesses simply don’t prioritise a DR plan. They think it will never happen to them. No company can afford to backbench a disaster recovery and business continuity plan, because if they do, the business might never recover. Here are some things to think about in terms of running the business in the aftermath of a disaster, and how they can be protected with a plan in place.
Equipment and Technology
If the business is hit by Mother Nature or an arson attack, it is likely that the majority of your expensive equipment will be ruined. If all of your computers are stolen, how would the business function? How would you still be able to serve your clients? You need to make sure you have top quality insurance for all eventualities, and a disaster recovery plan to identify how normal running would resume as quickly as possible.
If something goes wrong with your equipment then your entire IT system will be affected – including data storage. Always have backups in place, to ensure you don’t lose company data forever. If you can’t access your client database how on earth are you going to carry on?
When you can’t access the office or your business premises, how will you communicate with your suppliers and clients? It’s important that you let people know there may be a disruption in services and that customers can contact you if needed. But if your phone line is down, what message does this give out? A professional disaster recovery plan should recognise this issue and explain how voice calls can be taken from another location, such as using hosted voice and mobile solutions.
The cost of disasters can often send a business into administration – can you afford to ignore disaster recovery plans?