Old man winter has his grip on much of the country, including the Midwest. While this season it seems that Boston has beared the brunt of the weather, Indiana has also received above average snowfall. Winter storm warnings, whiteout conditions, and mandated travel advisories have forced area businesses to close time and time again.
Severe winter weather can greatly affect productivity if companies are not prepared. Power outages and unforeseen consequences of inclement weather can take business systems offline for hours, days or longer - halting operations until they are restored.
To help businesses cope with harsh Winter weather, Pinnacle has compiled a list of suggestions that can help improve employee productivity and reduce downtime.
- Be prepared. While this may seem obvious, many area businesses do not have a plan in place to keep operations running. Investing in a business continuity solution safeguards your critical data so that it can be restored quickly and easily following an event such as power outages, system failures, or malware attacks.
- Have a plan. Business continuity is important to keep operations running in the short term; however, businesses also need to have a disaster preparedness plan to restore operations following a catastrophic event such as a building fire, flooding, or worse. (See: The difference between business continuity and disaster recovery)
- Enable a mobile workforce. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trends in the workplace are steadily rising, likely because of the improved accessibility and productivity that comes with it. Mobile employees are able to work from anywhere, on any device, at any time. Businesses concerned with security, standardization, or compliance risks have begun to implement CYOD (Choose Your Own Device) strategies with mobile device management software installed on the devices to address these concerns.
- Modernize your business systems. Running your business on outdated systems increases the chances of system failure and security threats. Refreshing your systems on a regular basis keeps it up to date with the latest security patches and features available. The average lifespan of a laptop or desktop PC is 3-4 years, while servers and networking equipment have approximately 5 years of useful life.
- Leverage the cloud. There are many benefits of cloud computing that can help businesses stay productive.
- Cloud productivity tools, such as Office 365, allow employees to create, edit, and share work with each other from anywhere, in real time.
- Cloud backup services provide enterprise-level business continuity solutions to businesses in the event of a disaster.
- Cloud platforms, such as Azure, allow employees to compute, store, network and backup all from a single outlet. Businesses benefit from pay-for-use pricing, easier scalability, enterprise-grade security, and improved up-time.
Don't let severe weather impact your business operations. Implementing the suggestions listed above helps ensure that your business will survive in the event of disaster. For more information about business continuity, cloud computing, or updating your systems, contact Pinnacle, An Advanced Imaging Solutions Company today!