Accidents and bizarre events occur all the time, but for some unknown reason many businesses surprisingly don’t consider having an IT Disaster Recovery plan a neccesity, and if they do, only a minority fully believe it is successful. Infact according to a recent survey, only 35% of UK organisations have full confidence in their current disaster recovery strategies (Databarracks).
If you are a business where a large portion of your operations rely on your systems and technology, it’s vital, that the worst possible scenarios are considered and prepared for. Yes, it may take some planning and a little investment, but in the long run it could really be the one plan that could prevent the downfall of your business. After all, would you want to have to go and apologise to clients that you lost their data, their invoices, their details, their clients etc etc
Disruption to your business can be costly and IT downtime could have a real impact on your bottom line. According to many disaster recovery companies, the average business will lose in excess of £100k per hour of downtime on average. Can your business afford to take that risk?
Besides, it’s not just financial loss you have to worry about. As mentioned above disruption to your day-to-day operations can also have a significant impact on your business’ reputation and customer satisfaction, giving your preying competitors the perfect chance to snatch away valuable opportunities. Without customers, you won’t have a business to run!
Be prepared be protected
When you think of disruption to your business, it may be natural disasters that could affect your physical office that come to mind. In the UK, we know all too well that bad weather and floods can cause chaos if you don’t have a plan in place for your staff to work remotely. However, it’s actually network outages and human error that account for 50% and 45% of downtime respectively.
The fact is, regardless of industry, no business is immune to IT catastrophes. You could have the latest, most sophisticated defences in place on your systems and highly skilled staff that have been rigorously trained, but network outages and human error are harder to control. It only takes one human mistake or an internet connection failure that is out of your hands to send everything into chaos.
So, is a disaster recovery plan worthwhile? Yes… if you want to run a business effectively, disaster recovery is an essential you need to consider.
Disaster recovery goes hand-in-hand with business continuity so, when putting a plan together, you should utilise the knowledge of an experienced managed services provider like ourselves, who also specialises in Data backup and IT support. Taking this business-first approach means no stone will be left unturned when it comes to implementing your IT disaster recovery strategy across your organisation.
It’s also important and reassuring for you to know you’re in capable hands after the implementation of your disaster recovery plan. Our team at System Integration are able to provide you with robust solutions that are always one step ahead of the ever-changing threats that could affect your business.
By outsourcing your disaster recovery, you also get to benefit from our amazing IT team, who have a vast array of technical abilities and are committed to helping your business succeed. In summary, if you do not have a disaster recovery plan in place and you use IT, you are taking a risk and as much as we love having calls and enquiries from local Wiltshire businesses requiring our help, Disaster Rceovery is the one project that is avoidable and never easy to clean up after the fact. Get in touch with us and let us put your mind at ease…