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prepared for a time of emergency is just another test of your organization's
resiliance and of its chances for survival.
a global economy, we all must be prepared to deal with the unexpected
but meeting the challenge of disaster recovery gives new meaning to
the word "challenge."
it's not just enough to "survive" but the real test is to
have true business continuity. How is that possible? Having a duplicate
office, with duplicate records, and duplicate services and duplicate
personnel? Well, that's just not practical, but what is very
realistic is contracting with an executive suite / office business center
as a part of your long term business strategy. You certainly can't compete
from under water, unless that's the business you are in.
say, why do we need to do anything? It's just an added expense to our
already high overhead. Well, let's take a look at the protection that
kind of "insurance" can provide. For example, do you have
adequate backups on all your critical systems? including customer files,
equipment inventories, receivables, contracts? (You should have copies
of all your business transactions, purchase orders, change orders, etc.
downloaded into some type of media, with one set stored off site.)
better yet, if you want to discover how vulnerable you are, just
do this exercise. Sit for a moment and pretend that your office
burned completely to the ground. Nothing is left, no equipment, no records,
no phone system, no files, no backups (they were burned too) ... nothing!
You have no addresses of your clients, no appointment calendars, no
phone numbers for your employees, your consultants, your vendors, and
no proof of your losses to the insurance company. So what value would
you place on an alternative scenario to this disaster?
And "now" is the time to be thinking about it.
suites and office business centers unlike any other provider can complete
your transition from disaster to operating efficiency instantly. Try
this on for size, you make one phone call and "your" receptionist
begins answering your business lines, forwarding calls when and where
appropriate. Your employees begin straggling in following directions
and procedures posted on the web site, updated by your executive suite
account manager who has been alerted by pager. Your backup files are
uploaded to the server and your mini-network or WAN is fully operational
for your employees/clients/prospects to log on. Essentially, and that's
the key word, the essentials, you are in business.
of us can pretend to know all the answers, but there is no substitute
for being prepared. What price would you pay today to save your entire
business and revenue stream tomorrow? After you've given it some thought,
explore the promise of an executive suite, help ensure your business
continuity and be truly prepared in case of a disaster. Remember, resources
are limited, and are handled BEFORE the disaster on a first come first
serve basis. AFTER the disaster is anybody's guess and having a guaranteed
space and access to services, telecommunications and all the other "essentials"
to keep your business going until you can rebuild . . . well, that's
one contract you want to negotiate "before" the fact.
Pat Garner, a 19 year veteran and a leading consultant for the executive suite/serviced office industry, co-founder of the Executive Suite Network, and President of InterData Access Corporation, the sponsoring organization for Esuite.co.uk and Esuite.com, has written many articles for the industry, served on numerous boards and committees, including the OBCAI's task force for Disaster Preparedness. Google Profile