3 Reasons to Prioritize Data Backup and Disaster Recovery

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One of the most critical solutions for a small business is a data backup and disaster recovery system. It is a crucial element of any business continuity plan, yet many organizations fail to implement one appropriately. Let’s discuss three of the best reasons you must consider backup and recovery now before it’s too late.

The Future Is Uncertain

In business, things can change in the blink of an eye. Countless variables must all be considered when planning for the future. However, specific issues that are impossible to predict could crop up, namely natural disasters and freak accidents that could cause data loss for your company. In situations like these, you’ll be glad to have data backup and disaster recovery on your side. Remember, plan for the worst, so you are never caught off-guard by it.

There are Factors At Play Outside of Your Control

As much as we would all like to think that we have a firm grasp on everything within our domain, there are countless factors in business that are outside of our control. Any business owner who deals with clients and employees or interfaces with the Internet (or technology in general for that matter) has to contend with opportunities for things to go wrong or unexpectedly. Even worse is the fact that hackers could create problems for your business. It’s better to focus your efforts on something you can control, which is protecting your business’ future through the use of data backup and disaster recovery.

It’s a Best Practice

Data backup and disaster recovery are best practices in place but don’t take our word for it. It’s an industry-standard best practice that all organizations should strive to achieve. We like to recommend that companies practice the 3-2-1 rule in which they have three copies of their data in two locations—the original, a copy on an in-house backup device, and a copy in the cloud.

It’s Easy!

The IT experts at AE Technology Group make it easy to implement a data backup and disaster recovery system. We can even automate the plan to take some of the pressure off your organization and eliminate some of the room for error in manual systems. To learn more, reach out to us at (516) 536-5006.

Start Viewing Your Business’ IT Realistically

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When you get excited to implement a new technology solution for your business, it is easy to let the expectation blind you to the actual value you get from it right out of the box. It’s no fault of your own; it’s human to have expectations that exceed reality. In business, though, you must keep these misconceptions in mind, especially when implementing your technology systems.

The Latest is the Greatest

When a new solution is released and big names in your industry start to implement them, it’s easy to hop on the hype train and implement a solution before thinking it over. The hard truth of the matter is that new is most definitely not better. While it is true that more recent technology has certain benefits over older systems, the extent of this truth will vary wildly depending on your specific needs and current situation.

Be sure to look at your existing infrastructure and ask yourself what problems these new technologies can resolve and whether or not they are worth the price point. It helps to take a day or two to think it through and the perspective of a third party like AE Technology Group. There’s a reason why external auditors exist, after all; having that unbiased opinion can be incredibly valuable when making decisions.

My Staff Know How to Use Technology

This next expectation assumes that your staff will know how to use your new technology. The reality is that it takes more than a simple tutorial to train your team on a new system. It can often take months for them to get caught up to speed and use a new solution in a way that facilitates productivity. In particular, employers tend to look to young people as technology experts, but this is not necessarily accurate.

When implementing new solutions, you should assume that all of your employees have minimal knowledge of the system. You can then build a training program around that minimal baseline.

“It can’t happen to me…”

Perhaps the worst expectation you can have in business is that an unfortunate circumstance such as data loss or a hacking attack won’t happen to you. No company is immune to these fatal disasters that threaten the continuity of your business. SMBs, in particular, are guilty of this thought process, as they assume that they are not high-profile enough to suffer from hacking attacks. All businesses need to prepare for such an event with proactive security measures and data backup systems.

Once you can get past unrealistic expectations for your business technology, it becomes much easier to improve productivity. Let AE Technology Group help you manage expectations and implement any new IT solution for your business. To get started, reach out to us at (516) 536-5006.