Backups. That’s the first and last thing I talk to clients about. Backups don’t excite most people. They don’t add capability or improve productivity. Most small business owners I talk with don’t think about backups at all. Last time we talked about some of the “bad things” that can happen.
Disaster Operations Plan
Whether it’s written or not, everybody HAS a “Disaster Operations Plan.” In most large businesses it’s a printed document. For small businesses it’s usually, “We’ll talk to our insurance agent then look in the yellow pages and find a computer guy to work some magic and fix it all. And we’ll hope that we can keep our people busy while we figure out what needs to be done.”
I’ve been doing this long enough to know two fundamental truths:
- Computer devices fail. It’s not a question of if but when.
- There is no magic. Your chances of keeping your data (and keeping your business) increase by a huge amount with a bit of planning.
Questions we need to ask before bad things happen:
What are we afraid of? This line of thinking applies equally to paper documents, computer files, and any other “thing” of value:
What do we need to protect?
Where is it stored now?
What bad things can happen to it?
How can we prevent these bad things from happening, or reduce the impact?
Can we carry on without it? How?
What about a large-scale catastrophe?
Where are these plans written? When have they been updated? How recently was our plan tested?
Answering these questions gives us a starting point for creating a concrete plan. Start thinking about these issues…don’t put it off! You can always contact us to discuss your specific needs with a technology specialist!
Next time, an overview of backup strategies.