Stormy Weather Ahead – Why You Need A Business Continuity Solution

10 Benefits

After seeing the devastating effects from the tornados in December 2018, most small and mid-sized businesses in Morton, IL now realize the importance of having an IT business continuity plan. The weather patterns in the U.S. are changing, and experts say that climate change is likely to increase the frequency of floods in Illinois. Businesses in places like Chicago need to prepare for the stormy weather to come. To do this, they must have a reliable IT Business Continuity Solution in place to keep their employees working.

What Is A Business Continuity Solution?

A Business Continuity Solution involves IT system backups, recovery solutions, project management, change control and help-desk support. Business continuity planning helps you formalize a strategy for dealing with the unexpected; it’s done through planning, training, and testing for the recovery of all IT systems and business processes.

Business continuity solutions are implemented to ensure critical business operations are functional in the event of power outages or property damage so you can continue to work with clients, suppliers, regulators and other entities you do business with. A business continuity plan must be developed and implemented prior to a disaster. Unfortunately, many small businesses learned this too late when tornadoes hit last December.

Backup Service and Disaster Recovery

A good Business Continuity Solution starts with a BDR (Backup & Disaster Recovery) — Successful backups are the backbone of business continuity.

A plan for the backup and restoration of your data is essential. Your IT service company will evaluate your current backup and recovery procedures and provide you with a detailed report of their findings. The next step is to ensure that your data is backed up to a secure offsite data center every day and that your backups are tested to make sure they are always recoverable from a recent point in time.

Regular monitoring and testing of your backup process documents gaps and errors and remediates them to prevent the possibility of failed backups that keep you from staying operational. It guarantees that you will always have access to your data.

Taking your backup one step further, your IT service company will show you how to leverage the full power of the Cloud so your staff can continue working from anywhere they can access the Internet.

Other options to include in your business continuity solution are:

  • A Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) telephone system to communicate when phone lines are down.
  • An Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to transmit data including orders and payments from one company to another.
  • Approved laptops and wireless devices to create, process, manage and communicate information electronically.

The Top 10 Benefits Of Having An IT Business Continuity Solution

Now that you’ve got an idea of how important it is for you to have a business continuity plan, you’re probably wondering how it will specifically benefit you.

  1. Your information technology will be protected, and your staff will be ready and productive in the event of a disaster. Employees will be informed and rehearsed, and they’ll know what actions to take. This could save your business a lot of downtime and money.
  2. It will protect the image, brand, and reputation of your company. If you’re able to continue functioning despite a disaster, your clients will see you as dependable and your reputation will be enhanced as a result.
  3. Your clients will feel confident doing business with you; you’ll be able to keep your commitments and ensure the continuing quality of the services and/or products you deliver.
  4. It shows your investors that you take your business seriously, that you’re prepared and ready to maintain productivity.
  5. Your insurance company could view you more favorably knowing that you’ve done everything you can do to protect your business from a disaster.
  6. Your staff will gain an awareness of business operations they didn’t have before. Business continuity planning can often provide staff with useful insights into improving the way tasks are performed, even in areas that hadn’t been previously considered.
  7. If a disaster does occur, the cost of disruptions will be significantly reduced with a business continuity solution in place.
  8. They’ll be no disruptions to your supply chain. Your competitive position will be maintained or even improved because you’ll be able to meet your contractual requirements, where others who aren’t protected won’t.
  9. Business operations will be improved when you identify areas of inefficiency or risk during the analysis part of your business continuity planning.
  10. The best benefit of a business continuity solution is your ability to deliver services and/or products regardless of business disruptions.

You must be prepared to overcome a wide variety of challenges, which aren’t always predictable, including storms and floods. Planning and implementing a business continuity solution will prepare your business for any challenge.

Contact the team at ClearPath IT Solutions In Morton, IL. We can answer your questions about Business Continuity.

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