Most of us take reliable technology for granted – just like modern conveniences such as electricity and running water. But what if you had no access to IT for a whole day…how would that affect your business?
What do you do when there is a power-cut? Often, you’ll walk into the kitchen and immediately try to switch the light on, or power up the kettle to make a hot drink. Even though you know there’s a power outage, you’re so used to having on-demand access to certain things that it takes a second to realize the true implications.
The same thing applies when IT systems go down. Initially, it’s all a bit different and perhaps even a little exciting. Staff may even relish the prospect of a slightly longer lunch-break, or a guilt-free gossip around the water-cooler. However, it doesn’t take long before reality sets in.
Think about your daily tasks and what you could still accomplish without access to IT systems…
The unfortunate irony is that people don’t tend to realize how dependent they are on IT until it’s out of action. Generally speaking, companies that take business continuity really seriously are those that have experienced an outage and learned from it.
Hopefully, it’s not reached that point for you. Regardless of whether it has, there are some things you can do to reduce the risk of it happening, and to decrease the business impact if it ever does. Here are some suggestions:
The chances are that your company could survive a single day without IT, but you can be sure that subsequent down days would prove fraught and stressful. You’d probably have some making up to do to mend your customer relationships. So, make the plans now, before a real life event proves how important it is!