Part two of a four blog series on cloud software for business continuity. Missed part 1? Click here!
Cloud Software Strengthens Your Business Continuity Plan
The cloud does the work for you so you don’t have to feel like you’re in a Hollywood disaster film.
Calm Heads Will Prevail
If you haven’t already developed a Business Continuity Plan for your business, there are some helpful tips at www.ready.gov/business, the official website of the Department of Homeland Security. Having a documented plan, that includes the steps your IT team needs to take to recover data, will ensure a more calm, organized and level-headed approach to getting your business functioning again quickly. You want to make sure you are able to continue servicing your customers, no matter what types of products or services your company provides, with as little interruption as possible.
While there are many areas that need attention during adverse conditions — such as building accessibility, electricity availability, potable water and the like — multi-tenancy cloud computing presents opportunities for systems resiliency safeguards that few companies can afford on their own.
Cloud-based software systems that run every aspect of your business remove a great deal of the drama from disaster scenarios and afford your IT team the precious time and resources they need to focus on making sure you have internet access. Along with a back-up electrical source, like a generator, to keep devices charged, that’s really all you need. If you have internet access, even through any mobile device, then you can access your cloud-based systems to keep your business going and to provide employees with needed services, like payroll processing and emergency communications. And you can do that from anywhere, so if you’re able to safely travel to an unaffected location, your business can keep functioning and avoid interfering with internet and utility services needed by emergency personnel and facilities in devastated areas.
This is a primary reason that companies need to ditch old, out-dated on-premise systems that require all the back-ups, redundancies and recovery actions to be managed by your in-house IT team. And, while internet access is also at risk during disasters, it is usually addressed as rapidly as possible since so many early responders and citizens are dependent on it. This is an important question to ask your internet service provider: What is your disaster recovery plan and how does it help ensure minimal disruption to my business?
Ask important questions like these NOW and include the process in your continuity plan because being prepared is what it’s all about. When the need strikes, your teams will be able to use that plan proactively to everyone’s advantage.
Are you ready to take the first step? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.