For most businesses, a key component of any small business disaster recovery plan is ensuring that your phones continue to be answered in the event a snowstorm, fire, flood or other disaster prevents your business from operating in its usual place and manner. Often, this involves working out complex routing arrangements to redirect calls from your business phone system to alternate numbers such as employees’ homes and cell phones. These alternate routing schemes can require outside support to configure and test to ensure proper operation – not so with a hosted PBX.
Winter is almost here. Does your business have a small business disaster recovery plan in place? If you define “disaster” as an 8.5 magnitude earthquake, remember that disasters come in unexpected forms and sizes. It’s the business disruption caused by a disaster that typically matters to your customers and clients. In New England, winter storms can be surprisingly severe, causing disruptions such as power outages, connectivity disruptions and unsafe traveling conditions for your employees, who can forget the impacts of 2013’s nor’easter or the ice storm of 1998?
Have you written a small business disaster recovery plan for your organization? If you answered no, don’t be too hard on yourself. According to a survey by Symantec, fully 57% of small businesses don’t have a plan committed to paper as to how they will respond when their business is crippled by the unexpected. A small business disaster recovery plan can be written with pen and paper.
Does your company have a succession plan for your technology talent? Many companies begin planning for the future when a senior executive is approaching retirement. Succession planning isn’t just about grooming your next CEO. It’s an important component of disaster planning, and given the integral role technology plays in keeping day-to-day businesses operations running smoothly, losing a key employee from your IT department could be nothing short of disastrous.
Sometimes owning and running a small business can feel like you’re doing six-jobs-in-one: sales, administration, production, accounting, customer service and marketing. Developing strategies to better manage all these functions can improve efficiency, time management and may result in increased profits. Cloud-computing offers real-time, practical solutions for running a lean, small business effectively and effectively from any location.
iOS 7 came out on Wednesday at around 1PM. Like many others, I have been eagerly awaiting an indication that my iPhone update is ready for download. I think I might be looking forward to automatic app updates the most.
Recently, my youngest son came home with all of the paperwork for his school laptop. It turns out that the 7th and 8th graders in his school will be getting new MacBook Air’s with cloud backup service from CrashPlan, which is exciting for next year. As a 6th grader, however, my son will have an older MacBook without the cloud storage option.
The US economy is recovering slowly but growth rates are tepid at 1.7%, and with the artificial suppression of interest rates by the Federal Reserve ending, businesses need a way to save money entering into 2014. GWI Hosted PBX IP PhoneSmart companies are preparing for the long-haul by reducing overhead wherever they can, and switching to more sustainable, affordable operating practices.
As of late we have seen a surge in popularity of tablet computing devices. However, others, like myself, prefer more traditional options. It’s nice to have the option of a desktop or tablet, but right in the middle is the practical laptop with options to suit every need. There are more options than ever for laptops, so it’s a good to review before a purchase.
The Tablet vs Laptop choice is a tough one for those who, for whatever reason, can’t or prefer not to have both. Obviously tablets cost a little less, but there are a several other reasons beyond dollars and cents to choose one over the other. One of my recent experiences illustrates some of the reasons why the choice is so difficult.