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The Persistent Gap between IT Availability and Business Continuity

The Persistent Gap between IT Availability and Business Continuity

As an individual who started out in IT and served in various roles in that capacity, I thought I grasped the challenges of business continuity. Granted, I did not profess to understand all the intricacies of business continuity. However, I assumed if an organization could keep or quickly bring its applications online, business continuity would subsequently follow. Having now attended my first DRJ fall conference focused on business continuity, I now see the gap between IT availability and business continuity.

Business Continuity Start with Highly Available IT

To be clear, business continuity in today’s world starts with IT. Survey results shared by Forrester at the conference indicated that the availability of IT systems and applications remains a top concern among those who responded – 61% to be exact. That factor alone more than doubles any other factor list in the ability of organizations to continue their business operations.

Comments shared during that breakout session reinforced that statistic. Many organizations, regardless of their vertical, can only continue operations if their IT systems consistently remain available during any type of crisis. Everything from hospital emergency room check-ins to power from utility companies to tellers in banks to burgers in fast food restaurants to you name it, they need IT all the time up to fully resume operations.

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Business Continuity and the Digital Workplace

Business Continuity and the Digital Workplace

Originally appeared on the Akumina.

Should a Digital Workplace Be Part of Your Business Continuity Plan?

Disasters are inevitable for global organizations that are dispersed in numerous geographies. Whether manmade or natural, organizations are susceptible, and disaster recovery for a business is critical. Business continuity professionals must have a plan in place to make sure the business impact is as minimal as possible. Unfortunately, when a blizzard, hurricane, or even something less severe like an IT outage happens, folks don’t always consider their digital workplace (or even have one).

Be Mobile

What does a digital workplace have to do with business continuity? A whole lot – hear me out. If set up correctly, employees can access their “work world” from anywhere, on any device. Being accessible via mobile devices opens an employee’s ability to work, regardless of what’s happening at the office.

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Recovery as Part of DRaaS – Read the Fine Print

Recovery as Part of DRaaS – Read the Fine Print

DRaaS (disaster-recovery-as-a-service) in the cloud continues to gain traction among organizations as an idea whose time has come. Adopting this technique, organizations can recover their data in the cloud should a disaster of any magnitude occurs.

In this situation, no matter where an organization’s data resides – on-premises, in the cloud, or both – it can recover. However, when it comes to selecting a DRaaS provider, read the fine print as the recovery options that a DRaaS provider offers can take many forms. An organization must verify that the DRaaS vendor it selects delivers the type of recovery experience that it expects.

DRaaS: Prepare for a Pleasant Surprise

Organizations looking at DRaaS for the first time, or the first time in a while, may find themselves pleasantly surprised. Thanks to backup software tightly integrated with cloud offerings, organizations may discover they can affordably obtain a viable DRaaS solution that meets their recovery requirements. These DRaaS offerings include everything needed to get started:

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AlertMedia Ranks No. 285 on 2019 Inc. 5000 List; Named 3rd Fastest-Growing Software Company in Texas

AlertMedia Ranks No. 285 on 2019 Inc. 5000 List; Named 3rd Fastest-Growing Software Company in Texas

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

We’re excited to announce that AlertMedia was just ranked #285 on Inc. magazine’s prestigious annual Inc. 5000 list! We also achieved the #3 spot in the publication’s ranking of Texas-based software companies.

About the list: Inc. recognizes the fastest-growing private companies in the nation according to revenue growth.

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It's Safety First for Marquette and Its Property Managers

It's Safety First for Marquette and Its Property Managers

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

For employees of property management companies, meeting strangers and showing them empty apartments, homes, or commercial spaces is simply part of the job. For real estate agents, home healthcare employees, maintenance and repair employees, and utility workers, lone worker safety is a major concern.

Keeping employees protected is also a serious responsibility for property management organizations. And their people are aware of the dangers—a large percentage of real estate agents feel vulnerable while conducting their work. In fact, a report published by the National Association of Realtors shows that over 40% of realtors have been in a situation that made them fear for their personal safety.

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