May 25 2011

Do you have a business continuity plan in place?

Posted on the 07:53 am under Disaster Planning by Darren Boyer

If you ever needed a reason to look at your business continuity strategies just look at the wonky weather, storms and fires that have destroyed businesses and lifes of Albertans in Slave Lake.  Combine this with flooding in Manitoba and deadly twisters that have destroyed towns in Missouri and Oklahoma. Having a plan to protect your business is essential.

Your business must have a robust business continuity strategy now.

If you run a small or medium-sized business and don’t have a disaster recovery plan already, get one now.  We are sure you are hearing this message from many technology firms in the Grande Prairie area.  Disaster recovery and planning is a hot topic within the IT community.  pcit has made it a cornerstone of our offering to provide business continuity services for quite some time.  This focus on making sure your business information is safe, secure and accessible at all times truly makes us unique.

Disasters are everyday news these days.  Floods in the Midwest, fires striking and wiping out entire communities and earthquakes crippling entire economies are opening the eyes of the once “it won’t happen to me” business owners.  Every business must have a plan to deal with events that may have a negative impact on their business.

A recent study by security giant Symantec has revealed some pretty scary facts for small businesses, and the failure to act now could land them in serious trouble. Among those surveyed, nearly half of the businesses have no security or disaster preparedness plan in place. Owing to outages and service interruptions caused by a faulty or nonexistent disaster-preparedness plan, a small and medium-sized business could lose an average amount of $12,500 a day!

Proving the fact that small and medium-sized businesses are taking security too lightly, the study by Symantec has also revealed that of those 50% without a security or disaster preparedness plan (1288 SMBs from around the world were surveyed), 36 per cent had intentions of getting a plan in the future while the remaining 14% did not even have disaster recovery plans on their agenda. The study has also found that most SMBs act only when it is too late resulting in lost revenue not only for them but for their clients as well. 552 clients of small and medium-sized businesses were surveyed, and more than half of them responded that they have had to switch providers in the past because of their service being unreliable and irresponsible.

So, for the sake of yourself AND for the sake of your clients, get going now. Devise a disaster recovery plan in order to ensure that your operations are smooth and efficient and to improve your response to your clients. Don’t wait for a specific time in the future, and don’t wait for something utterly horrible to happen. After all, it is better to be safe than to be sorry.

Talk to us today; we can help you.

Written by Darren Boyer

Darren Boyer

Darren Boyer is the founder and president of pcit.

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