The bomb attacks in Brussels and the city coming to a standstill as a consequence were a stark reminder that the unexpected will happen and your business should be prepared for it.
Disaster recovery and business contingency planning for businesses in Sussex and across the South East is essential to minimise the effect of such unforeseen events.
Thankfully, a total power failure is a much more likely event than a bomb, but it can be just as damaging to your business.
“We assume unexpected events will happen, so we have contingency measures in place to reduce the impact on our business and our employees,” explains Gary Jowett from Computer & Network Consultants in Brighton.
Keep your business running
Even businesses that always need to use equipment on site, can be better prepared so that some departments can keep operating. For example, a car repairer may have to stop work at its garage when a power failure occurs, but its sales and customer service teams can carry on working from home by using secure cloud services and IP telephony that can be used anywhere.
So having a resilient IT solution is now an essential part of any business disaster recovery plan. It’s just as important as having standby generators in the event of a power failure.
Expert IT consultants
It’s prudent to get a reality check about how well-prepared you really are from an experienced consultant who can challenge your assumptions and help make sure you’re fit for the unforeseen.
An increasing number of businesses in Portsmouth, Southampton, Crawley and Brighton are calling in experienced IT consultants because they’re recognising that IT is now the life-blood of their organisations and cannot be allowed to fail.
Gary says: “Often companies only make contingency plans after a bad disruption hits them but this can be very damaging to their reputation and their revenues. Setting aside a small amount of time to speak to a consultant and establishing a robust plan is vital to the long-term health of your business.”
While a good disaster recovery plan won’t stop the unexpected from happening, it will help you sleep easier at night.