How Confident Are You in Your Business Continuity Plan?
The COVID-19 pandemic was an eye opener for businesses large and small across Houston and throughout Texas. Overnight, businesses from all walks of life were forced to change their entire business operations, find new ways to serve their customers, and for many, have their entire workforce work from home.
- Has your current IT company structured a complete business continuity solution for your organization?
- Have you tested your business continuity plan in the last 12 months and how would you grade your readiness?
- Are you ready for whatever crosses your path?
For many years, IT companies throughout Houston focused on the backup as their cornerstone to their business continuity strategies. But, business continuity is much more than just data backup and data recovery. You must consider every potential disruption or interruption as a threat to your business operations, sales, and profitability.
Over the past several years, Houston and much of Texas faced potential disaster and major interruption to business operations. For some, it was just a blip on the radar and for many, a potential business-ending scenario. Why? Simple, some were prepared for:
- Hurricane Harvey
- Texas Ice Storms of 2021
All of these disasters impacted organizations in many different ways. Were you prepared? Did you have the right systems in place to ensure the continuation of your business? Was your IT company able to properly prepare you?
Sit down with I.T. Matters and discover how having a complete business continuity strategy is essential to the success of your business.
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Business Continuity is More Than Just Data Backup
What are the critical components of any business continuity strategy? Why is it essential for your organization, regardless of size, to have a detailed business continuity plan and strategy in place?
I.T. Matters focused on the following areas to keep your business safe, ensure the continuation of day-to-day operations, and safeguard your livelihood and the livelihood of all your employees.
If you look at recent disasters such as Hurricane Harvey, COVID-19, or the 2021 Texas Ice Storms which knocked out power across the state, it was not a backup/recovery scenario at all. Business owners were asking questions such as:
- How do I run my business when the entire State of Texas is without power?
- How do I take care of my clients when everyone is working from home?
- Is my business prepared if my entire building is knocked out because of a hurricane?
Fire, floods, storms, and now global pandemics, can significantly impair your business’s ability to function. This is why the team at I.T. Matters takes business continuity seriously and looks to ensure that you have a complete business continuity strategy in place.
Why I.T. Matters for Your Business Continuity Planning?
I.T. Matters understands the importance of a thorough business continuity strategy for organizations in Texas. Since we’re headquartered in the same neighborhood as you, we know what concerns you and what we need to address.
I.T. Matters works with you on the following areas when crafting your business continuity strategy:
- Data Backup and Recovery: Making sure you have the right backup and recovery service is essential. Where are your backups being stored? How often are you backing up? What are you backing up? How quickly can we restore if something were to happen?
- Cybersecurity: Ransomware and other cybersecurity threats have rapidly shot to the top of the reasons why businesses declare a disaster. A ransomware attack can bring a national or regional supply chain to its knees. Does your business have the right strategy in place to ensure the bad actors out there are not gaining access to your systems and if something were to occur, can you recover quickly and without major interruption?
- Cloud Technologies: Are you taking advantage of cloud technologies to help eliminate the risk of an on-premise disaster from taking down your business? Cloud services such as offsite backup, email continuity, hosted telephony, cloud servers, and more play an important role in your business continuity strategy.
- Remote Work: COVID-19 taught many business professionals to be ready to send their entire workforce home immediately. Do you have the right business continuity strategy that addresses remote access and other remote work strategies?
The above points are very small samples of what needs to be addressed in your business continuity strategy.
I.T. Matters is here to remove the burden of planning and implementing the right solutions off your plate and to make sure you are properly prepared for the next hurricane, global pandemic, or just a simple power failure on your block.
Are you confident in your organization’s ability to recover from any interruption?