Ben Franklin said "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.". Although we cannot prevent disasters from happening, an ounce of preparation is worth a ton of cure when it comes to keeping your business going in the midst of a disaster. The worst time to discover that you have not invested enough in planning for a disaster is in the throes of one. By reading this and acting on it, you will be equipped with the knowledge you need to get a disaster recovery plan in place. Since we're in Oklahoma, let's consider that your business was hit by a tornado tonight. What would you do about it tomorrow? What would it take to get your business back up and running? FEMA reports that "Almost 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster" (link to full report). We have handled disaster recovery scenarios and we know the importance of having at least a minimal disaster recovery plan. Our articles about backups and virtualization can help you get started, but it is imperative that you work with good consultants to make sure your business can survive a disaster.
These are a few things you will need to consider:
1. The first thing you will need is a plan, because even a bad plan is better than no plan. You should at least consider what systems you already have, what systems and processes are critical to the operation of your business and which you can live without for a short time, where you could set up shop temporarily, and how you would handle your employees if disaster was to strike. It is easier to make a plan now than scramble around after a disaster and figure it all out.
2. You need good backups. See the article Backups published on 9/26/16 for more information.
3. Document your systems, how they connect, and what they require to work. Keep important account numbers, contact names and phone numbers where you can get to them easily. Document everything needed for an insurance claim. What kind of coverage do you have? Does it provide for the expense of a hot site or temporary office facilities in the event that your office is no longer inhabitable? We can provide a comprehensive inventory of everything lost and what it would cost to get your business back up and running.
4. Budget for disaster recovery. Spend a little now to save a lot later. Consider the cost of a warm site or what it would cost to spin up a server in the cloud.
5. Have the right IT partners available to help you in your time of most critical need. Aspire Business Solutions will be here when you need us.
Reach out to us today to schedule a free consultation. We can check over your procedures and systems to help you identify ways to make them better. We can assist you in creating a comprehensive plan to maintain the continuity of your business when the unthinkable happens.