How much would an hour of downtime cost your business? The average loss rings in at $5,600 per minute or $300,000 per hour. Perhaps it’s more prudent to consider the long-term effects of such a loss.
If disaster struck, could your business bounce back? According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40% of businesses never reopen after a disaster. Another 25% don’t survive more than a year after disaster strikes.
The statistics are sobering. It’s important to remember that a disaster could be everything from a hurricane to a fire to a data breach. No matter the size or nature of your business, odds are you’ll experience some sort of disaster.
While no one wants to consider potential negative impacts on their business, it pays to plan ahead. A disaster recovery plan is the answer to staying ahead of the unexpected, and staying in business.
Why Disaster Recovery Planning Matters
Here’s the first thing to understand–you absolutely need a disaster recovery plan. It safeguards your data and essentially all the work you’ve put into your business.
Beyond that, this plan helps you resume critical operations and minimize downtime in case of a disaster. Think of it as an investment in the longevity of your business.
Next, your disaster recovery plan must be readily accessible. By that we mean you should have both hard and digital copies, preferably in multiple locations. The language should be easily understood by everyone on your team.
Think people first, data second. After all, you can’t implement a disaster recovery plan without people. Designate a call-in number and email address for employees to report on their status.
Gather all forms of contact information including primary contacts, family members, work accounts and associated passwords.
Hopefully, you already have emergency supplies on hand but if not, consider what you’ll need to tend to employees in case you’re unable to leave the office. Generators, first aid kits, water, flashlights, batteries and food are all important to have on hand.
Be sure to name the key players when creating your disaster recovery plan. They should understand their role and what’s expected of them. At the same time, determine your critical operations (and resources) and how to best resume them.
Finally, test and update your plan. We can’t stress this enough. A plan that’s never been tested is hardly better than no plan at all. Look for weak points when you test your plan and make revisions.
Secure Your Data and Documents with Laserfiche
Laserfiche is an ECM suite, which unites comprehensive content management functionality with business process management tools. This union optimizes your management and processing of important documents for greater efficiency.
As we’ve discussed, during a disaster, you must resume operations as quickly (and safely) as possible to minimize downtime. The access and retrieval of important documents play a huge role in getting things back on track.
With Laserfiche, there’s no need to search your employees’ computers or rifle through their filing cabinets. You can capture and secure documents from the get-go, so they’re always at your fingertips. It also ensures compliance with failsafe security and auditing features.
Laserfiche is easily accessed by your smartphone, making it perfect for times when you need a document but can’t reach your computer.
Best of all, you can customize it to meet the needs of your business, today and tomorrow.
At SYGNVS Integrated Solutions, we create customized disaster recovery plans for businesses like yours. To learn more about how to protect your organization, contact our team today to schedule a demo or consultation.