With winter quickly approaching, we are all reminded of what can happen when unexpected troubles come our way. Feeling like you are prepared doesn’t always mean that you are actually prepared. We have heard time and again how poor planning has led to unnecessary loss. Disaster preparedness is taxing to think about, and it can be hard to make it a priority.
Planning for Disaster Saves Businesses Money
Business owners have a lot on their plates, so it’s easy to put IT headaches on the back burner. This is no different than preparing for winter. We all know that there is a chance we could be hit by a big snow storm, but how likely are we to take those important steps to prepare? (Not counting the milk, eggs, and bread as storm preparation that many of us rush out to buy when we hear of an incoming snow storm!)
The number one way to prevent loss is to prepare for the worst case scenario. When an unexpected snow storm comes, would you rather your town have too many snow plows or not enough? This is the same idea that can be applied to your office practices. When it comes to IT infrastructure, costs can add up quickly. Pick and choose exactly what you will need in case of an emergency, so you can continue operating business as usual even when faced with storm damage, data loss, or equipment malfunction.
Develop a Plan and Follow Through
Once you develop a loss prevention plan be sure to follow through. Having the plan won’t do you any good if you wait until it’s too late. Everyone knows that snow plows hit the streets before the snow falls, salting and sanding the roads. What good would it do if they waited until after the storm passed? Implement your plan and perform quality checks on how well your backup system would work before you actually need it.
Don’t underestimate potential threats to your company’s valuable files and data. Adapting a half-baked approach to IT protection while hoping for the best is a waste of time and money. When serious snow storms are underestimated, the results have been tragic. Don’t allow this to be you! Statistically, 8 out of 10 businesses report a financial loss due to poor disaster preparedness – and many will never recover after data loss and wind up out of business! Don’t allow yourself to be a part of this statistic.
When you take time to develop a plan which safeguards your company’s wellbeing you are showing your employees that you are also taking care of them. This is extremely important. Employees take notice when there is a diligent and well thought out plan. If you don’t care enough about your business to invest in damage control why should employees care about their performance? Take steps now to safeguard your business and your livelihood. LIMOTTA IT offers both proactive and reactive IT Support plans to help businesses, schools, hotels, and breweries prepare for disaster. Contact us to learn more about our disaster recovery services.