According to Gartner, “business continuity planning (BCP) is a broad disaster recovery approach whereby enterprises plan for recovery of the entire business process. This includes a plan for workspaces, telephones, workstations, servers, applications, network connections and any other resources required in the business process.”
COVID-19 has disrupted business in ways that we’ve never seen before and discussions of business continuity plans are now commonplace. The scope of the coronavirus healthcare crisis is staggering, and the related economic upheaval is unprecedented. The pandemic is transforming the way the world conducts business. Companies around the globe are bracing for hard times—or even worse, facing the prospect of shutting their doors for good. Times like these make you realize how important it is to plan for emergencies and why having the right IT infrastructure is the key to stability and success. You need a business continuity plan.
The truth is that the difference between success and failure could come down to your ability to run your business online, which is why you can’t neglect tech when planning for the unknown. If you did not have a business continuity plan in place when the coronavirus outbreak began, it’s likely that you’re highly interested in developing one now. It’s never too late to start planning for the future, and what you learn today can start helping you right away.
Developing a Business Continuity Plan:
• Expect the Unexpected: Depending on where you live, you might already have a solid business continuity plan in place—perhaps with a natural disaster like a hurricane or wildfire in mind. Hopefully, you have an evacuation route mapped out, know what you want to bring along and have even thought about what you’d do after the episode passes. But is your business truly ready to navigate an extended disruption from a technological standpoint? If not, it’s time to become more proactive with an eye on preparedness.
• Focus on Digital Migration: Of course, having the right business continuity plan in place also means having the ability to manage a remote workforce that utilizes secure devices and access private networks. But for many businesses, undergoing a complete digital transformation is the only way they’ll be able to adapt to the new normal. The coronavirus crisis has caused brick-and-mortar businesses to close for weeks and even months, prompting owners and managers to move a lot of their operations online by necessity. Some have had no choice but to go 100% digital, creating virtual stores from scratch in the hope of salvaging even a fraction of their projected monthly sales.
• Perform Data Backups: Of course, the most important thing you can do now—without even enlisting professional help—is to start backing up your important data. Find a secure place in the cloud to store and archive your private information and consider moving critical files to offsite or external hard drives as well. While you’re at it, prepare for internet outages by downloading documents and data from the cloud so you can continue working offline should the need arise. And finally, now is also a good time for you to document your belongings for insurance purposes, taking pictures and logging values just in case a disaster strikes or a burglary is committed.
Whether you need to put a business continuity plan in place for the first time or want to improve an existing one, CMIT is here to help. Our process involves developing a unique strategy to help your business survive tough times, implementing it to give you the stability you need and then managing your data backups, cybersecurity and more.
Connect with us today for immediate guidance on how to develop the right business continuity plan for your organization. We’ll set you up with a secure IT infrastructure that will allow you to keep your business up-and-running no matter what comes your way.