Planning for the Unthinkable
Business continuity planning, or disaster recovery planning, is the process of developing measures to initiate in the event of a disaster. The definition of a disaster has a unique meaning for each organization. It may be the popular image such as a fire, flood or tornado. A disaster may also be an event that specifically disrupts your business’s operations. To a call center a disruption in telephone services could qualify as a disaster. A disaster does not have to physically affect your business to affect you directly; a fire suffered by a supplier two states away could have a major impact on your business. The process of developing a business continuity plan will help you realize and minimize the possible effects of these events. ITS can help navigate the process of identifying and developing contingencies against threats.
Insuring the Irreplaceable
Most businesses consider insuring their businesses against disaster a requisite of doing business. Insurance will replace physical losses; facilities, infrastructure and inventory. No amount of money can replace the data that you may lose; billing records, client information, design specifications, financial data. These intangibles be irreplaceable, and their loss fatal to your business.
“Of companies that had a major loss of computerized data, 43% never reopen, 51% close within two years, and only 6% will survive long-term.”
Hoffer, Jim. ‘Backing Up Business – Industry Trend or Event.’ Health Management Technology, Jan 2001
ITS provides many technology solutions designed to protect your data. These solutions include offsite data backup, virtual servers, and server colocation. We can help you build a plan that will meet your business’s goals.