If you've ever lost or damaged any of your personal electronic devices, you know how frustrating data loss can be. A lost smartphone can leave you wondering how to complete even simple tasks. Even if a friend's phone or a landline is readily available, we may be surprised to find that we can't recall the phone numbers of even our closest family members and friends!
Fortunately, our mobile phone plans usually include data backup via cloud technology. The relief is palpable when we purchase a new phone and discover that our data is indeed still intact. But what about your small business data? What if you woke up one day and it was gone?
A Few Questions
A lost smartphone or tablet is an unpleasant experience, but data loss for your business can be completely devastating. The truth is, most small companies aren't prepared, and data loss of any kind can end in bankruptcy. To bring some reality to the impact of overwhelming data loss, try answering the following questions:
- How long could your business function without access to your data? A week? A day?
- How long could you afford for your product line to remain inaccessible? Could you recover after a day or two without sales? What if recovery takes longer than that?
- Do some or all of your employees rely on remote access to do their jobs? How long could you afford to keep paying them if they were suddenly unable to complete mission-critical tasks?
A Better Way Forward
It's easy to see why a data backup and disaster recovery plan is critical to business continuity in the event of catastrophic data loss. In good news, as technology advances, data recovery and backup plans are increasingly affordable and simple for small businesses to implement.