Business continuity and disaster recovery made simple: 5 cost-effective steps to get through the Winter

Written by Michael Smith on the 15th of December, 2014

As I sat in the station this morning and caught up with the impact of the Weather Bomb, snow began to fall.

Yes, its that time of year again. Employees will be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of a duvet day watching A Muppet Christmas Carol, It's a Wonderful Life or multiple episodes of The Murder She Wrote.

And why? Because businesses are still to wake up to the need for a practical, pragmatic disaster recovery strategy that can keep them open in any weather.

The IT crowd tend to get lost in a world of remote desktops, IVR queuing and multiple servers in multiple data-centres when the mention of Disaster Recovery pops up. Lots of network diagrams, acronyms and weighty purchase orders.

The fact is all we really want is to carry on communicating, collaborating and doing our jobs from home or a cafe round the corner with free WiFi.

So here are 5 easy, low cost steps you can take to reduce your exposure:

1. Move your mail: forget hosted desktop - if it isn't Google for Work or 365 you are going to struggle.

2. Move your communication tools and storage to the cloud - cease trying to rely on hosted desktop, its too unreliable! Again, Google for Work with lots of lovely GB of storage, everyone’s documents in the cloud and collaboration tools for remote working.

3. Move your finance and accounting to the cloud - invoicing, getting cash in etc ain't possible when your finance controller is at home and Sage 50 is only accessible via the server in the office. Try Xero - its fabulous and works on any device.

4. Make sure your CRM is in the cloud -Capsule, Sugar, Salesforce...The days of server-based CRM are at an end.

5. Let them use their own devices: BYOD isn’t that difficult to implement securely with the SaaS services mentioned.

If you want to understand how to unchain your business from the desktop and make it accessible in all weathers or even just over the Christmas holidays, then get in touch. We can make it all happen for you without any disruption or effort to you and your employees.

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