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Steps 3 and 4 to mastering business IT disruption: Testing and reviewing your disruption-avoidance plan

So here you are with a solid How-We’ll-Stay-In-Business-Plan. Time to relax, right?

Well, not quite — although this is the point at which many stop paying attention to their disruption-avoidance plan.

Step 3 to mastering business IT disruption requires that you test your plan often. This is essential because change has a way of sneaking up on organizations, and those changes can upend your carefully laid plan to overcome disruptions. Fortunately, the right service provider will include regular testing in the price of your service.

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Step 1 to mastering business IT disruptions: Back up your data — NOW!

If you haven’t already done it, don’t delay. Back up your organization’s critical information and files to a secure remote location from which they can be recovered online 24/7. Here’s what’s involved:

  • Know about your data (as well as those applications that may be difficult to reconstruct should you lose them) — what you have, where it is, who “owns” it, how important it is. And don’t forget email.
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Introducing the 4 steps that can mitigate IT disruptions and save your business

Your organization’s ability to thrive depends on resilient information technology and data that’s available 24/7. You certainly can’t afford unanticipated downtime, a sustained system disruption, or losing your data forever.

Even comparatively brief disruptions wreck employee productivity and the ability to communicate with customers. And 60% of companies that suffer permanent data loss end up shutting down within six months.

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One must-ask question when dealing with the Tower of Techno-babble

Often, technology is inherently confounding to the business mind, in much the same way that most of us don’t comprehend what our doctors tell us about our health — unless it’s translated.

Most of us demand a decent translation of medical jargon and concepts when we face a risk to our health. And if the first attempt at translation fails, we insist on further attempts until we ‘get it.’

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Liberate 35-50% of your legacy IT spend with cloud computing

Do you spend so much maintaining legacy IT operations that you can’t think about doing anything new? Well, think again: Reallocating part of your IT budget to cloud computing could liberate 35% to 50% of what you spend on legacy operations.

According to Gartner, Inc., a highly respected IT research firm, the “average” IT organization devotes almost two-thirds of its budget to day-to-day operations. Here’s another “average” from Gartner: In 2011, IT budgets will increase 1%.

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