Businesses of all sizes wrestle with the “what if” scenarios that comprise business continuity planning. What if critical equipment fails? What if our network connection is cut? How much should we invest to ensure that the “what ifs” don’t cripple the business?
Since most small and mid-sized businesses are strapped for resources, it’s hard for them to muster enthusiasm for a dedicated business continuity solution. They’d prefer to invest their limited IT budgets in new technologies and applications that can help their businesses stay competitive, such as social networking, collaboration tools and faster networks. Their current business continuity plans may be limited to a list of emergency contact numbers.
But in our increasingly technology-fueled business environment, being without access, even for a short time, can hurt productivity and revenue.
When business continuity planning is baked into the IT and network environment, the business not only enjoys greater protection from disruption, but also a more flexible, high availability operating environment. Equally important to small and midsized businesses, it also offers peace of mind.
See Who Can Afford Continuity Planning? by Lynda Stadtmueller for Forbes.com.