Does your business have a plan for when things go wrong with your IT systems? If not, you would be well advised to get one sorted!
A quick glance at the Top 10 technology disasters of a couple of years ago sees some mighty famous companies. And, you can rest assured that if it happens to the likes of Amazon, it can happen to you, too. Here are five reasons why a disaster recovery plan is essential for any business, regardless of size.
If the worst can happen, it probably will
First of all, there are so many things that can go wrong with computers and technology. Is there anyone out there who has never had their PC crash right in the middle of something important? If so, we would love to meet you! So, when it comes to running technology in a business, that one PC crash could be exponential, and have a severe consequence on the system as a whole. Let’s imagine your sales team has a big day in front of them, but their entire system goes down. What are you going to do? Without a plan in place, you will see an adverse effect on your business performance.
You can lose everything
All computer systems run with databases, and there’s a good chance that your business has databases, too. Customer records, purchase details, accounts – the list is endless. But what would happen if your IT database went down? According to experts DatLabs, you can recover it, but you will need the help of an expert. So, if you don’t have a plan in place, who are you going to call? Every hour spent thumbing through the Yellow Pages is going to impact your business, so you have to know who you can turn to when things go awry.
Think about the recent floods in the north of England and you can see how vital a disaster plan is for any business. Those companies that were affected by the floods were back up and running again much quicker if they had a plan in place. Natural disasters – or Acts of God, as the insurance companies call them – can strike anywhere. If you don’t have a plan in place, you will miss out on having a competitive advantage over everyone else.
It’s expensive to start again
Getting new customers is expensive, and can take a considerable chunk out of your marketing budget. It’s why savvy companies keep large databases of their old clients – they are cheaper and faster to connect with. But what happens when your database blows, and you can’t retrieve any data? Not only to you have to pay for fixing your system, but you also have to start again with new customers.
It could be the law
Depending on your line of work, you might have legal obligations to ensure you have a disaster recovery plan in place. Healthcare, the law, schools: all need robust protection – and a plan for when the inevitable happens. It’s vital you take your IT systems seriously, or it could see you going out of business.