Why business continuity planning should be on your agenda?

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Why business continuity planning should be on your agenda?

Business continuity is a proactive plan

What would happen if your building burnt down tomorrow?  What if your system was hacked and all your data stolen?  Everything was just gone.  How would you continue?   Shocking as this seems, this will be somebody’s reality this year.

If your business closed down, even for a few days or weeks, you would be surprised at the impact that would have.  Customers and Clients would have to seek your product and services elsewhere and your competitors will jump in to provide that option for them.  Your staff may decide they cannot wait around and you could lose expertise that is hard to replace.  All in all, it would be a complete disaster for your business, one you may not recover from.

RESILIENCE

Resilience is the key when it comes to business continuity planning.  Having the resilience to know where there is risk, putting a plan in place to reduce any impacts and knowing you can get back on track.  It’s planning for what we hope won’t happen but knowing that if it does, we can get back up and running as quickly and smoothly as possible.

PROTECTING DATA

Your business data is at the core of your operations.  Having this critical information in the right place is very important.  By ensuring that it is held in a secure location off site you will reduce the risks significantly.  Also ensuring backups are scheduled at timely intervals will result in an easier return to business.

COMPLETE RECOVERY

When the worst occurs you require a complete recovery after the incident.  You want to prevent too much disruption in order to get back working again.  You want your phone lines to be diverted, a new temporary premises to operate from and easy access to your systems – a ‘business as usual’ scenario.

Business Continuity not only involves making a plan, it also means testing that plan to ensure it will work in the case of emergency.  It’s like the regular fire drill you do.  Managing the whole process from design, planning and implementation needs the expertise of an IT specialist.

To discuss business continuity planning or disaster recovery planning you can speak with the expert team at Danush, Your Trusted IT Partner.

How can cloud help my business?

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Are you planning your business strategy for this year?  This is the time of year that we look back at what kind of year the business has had and consider what improvements can be made.  We also then take a view of where we would like to be in 12 months’ time and try to put a plan in place to get there.

PLANNING AHEAD

You may now be looking at cloud as an option for your business but are unsure of the costs and time involved.  The good news is that cloud allows you the flexibility to take what you need and only pay for what you use.  The beauty of being able to scale up or down as required in a quick efficient manner is what makes cloud so attractive.

You don’t need to be one of the ‘big guys’ anymore to consider cloud.  It allows you to integrate technologies even as a smaller player that without cloud you would need considerable budgets and advanced infrastructure.

INNOVATION

If you have the idea, then maybe cloud will allow it to become a reality.  Innovation becomes a reality with cloud as certain barriers will disintegrate.  Allowing you to access new markets, launch new products and services as you see fit.  Cloud also allows you to automate certain functions within the business.  This will save time and the resources can be pointed towards other more profitable activities.  Cloud can improve workflows and free up time that was being spent on manual processes.

BACKUPS

What would you do if your system crashed, or you were hacked or a natural disaster destroyed all your current information?  Do you have a reliable backup?  Cloud allows a secure place where a backup can be held off site, the peace of mind this brings can be priceless.  Cloud allows for secure information sharing and helps with data protection regulations on the storage of data.

With fixed monthly costs and no major investments in new servers even your financial manager will be happy.  Think about getting your comms room back and use it for something a bit more inventive.

A new year will bring new opportunities, maybe cloud is that opportunity for your business.  Talk to Danush, Your Trusted IT Partner about transitioning to the cloud today.

How to manage mobiles at workplace and increase efficiency?


Banning mobile phones is an outdated policy

Even if you try to ban them in the office, it’s inevitable that your employees will bring their mobile devices to the workplace anyway.

Instead of worrying about them wasting away the day, why not try to turn the devices to your advantage? There are more tools out there than ever before to not only add smartphones to your workflows, but to make them profitable and valuable for your organization.

One of the best ways to accomplish this is with our mobile device management (MDM) service. Depending on your business’ specific needs, you’ll need a different solution compared to others. To help you make the best decision, we’ve put together a list of features that can help you compare your needs with the various services available through mobile device management.

What’s a Mobile Device Management Solution?

A mobile device management solution is typically meant to help IT administrators and business management enforce policies on mobile devices, turning a time-wasting smartphone into more of a productivity tool than a meme machine. These policies are implemented with the intention of protecting the business’ network and data from being targeted by threats. Through a mobile device management software, IT administrators can control and reinforce policies or add applications to devices that access company assets.

Why Use Mobile Device Management?

There are three big reasons why your organization might want to implement MDM software, and all of them are due to the relatively recent influx of mobile devices to the workplace. Since the early 2000s, security has grown more important for this very reason. Businesses simply want to control access to data, and you should too.

  • Access: A major focus of mobile device management is allowing employees access to important work material without compromising your business’ security. For example, MDM is only as useful as your applications are on a mobile phone, so you’ll want to take careful measure of how your employees can be successful with a MDM solution on their devices. The incredible access provided can be quite considerable for most organizations that find value in flexibility.
  • Improved Visibility: Another big part of using a MDM is that you can compose and enforce compliance guidelines that your staff needs to abide by. This can include which devices have access to certain data. Your organization can then use this information to remain cognizant of the biggest threats to its data security.
  • General Security Measures: Overall, the most important thing to remember about MDM solutions is that they are designed to protect your business’ data and infrastructure from threats. To this end, there are several solutions baked into the service that keep threats out of your devices, including whitelisting and blacklisting apps and remote wiping for worst-case scenarios.

To discuss business continuity planning or disaster recovery planning you can speak with the expert team at Danush, Your Trusted IT Partner.

IT staff augmentation as a strategic weapon

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Effective leaders are always striving to achieve their business goals and objectives. Sometimes, however, important projects are jeopardized because the right team or individual are not available, and companies must acquire skilled resources for temporary or short-term positions.

Key Benefits of IT Staff Augmentation

IT staff augmentation is an effective weapon because it increases an organization’s agility when facing staff or expertise shortages and allows them to get the best talent without the long-term commitment of hiring full-time staff.  This factor greatly increases the likelihood of a project’s success.

Some of the key benefits of IT staff augmentation include:

Cost Effectiveness

IT staff augmentation enables the organization to utilize recruitment capital at the right time, and only for the right required set of skills.  When the business undergoes expansion, it is not an overnight process. IT staff augmentation provides the resource support, as required, which permits organizations to support business growth.

By removing the need to hire full-time staff, a company can benefit by better leveraging their existing funds in the short and long term.  Simply put, on-boarding costs amass even before a candidate walks in for an interview. For example, expenses often include advertising fees, job posting fees, and administrative costs.

Adaptability

IT staff augmentation enables organizations to adapt quickly. By adding immediately available, specialized talent, businesses can extend their in-house team when project deadlines require a larger workforce. This flexibility allows companies to respond faster to changes in the market and exploit opportunities for growth.

For example, a major project is taking place in the organization and the team on the project is becoming overworked. By augmenting staff during peak seasons, organizational leaders will be able to reduce overtime costs and make sure no one gets burnout. After the project winds down, the resource’s contract ends and the organization continues as it was before – business as usual.

Maintaining Control

By using IT staff augmentation, the organization retains complete and total control over who is doing the essential work, who is entrusted with major / minor tasks and who is leading the charge on the most crucial and demanding projects.

Reducing Risk

While it rarely makes sense to completely outsource a project, because key knowledge may not be fully transferred to the organization upon project completion, augmenting existing IT staff with highly trained and knowledgeable consultants reduces the risk of project failure while ensuring critical staff exist within the company can support the ongoing operation.

Not all HR Speaks IT

An organization’s HR team might not be fully aware of the credentials and skills required of an IT professional – particularly given the rapid speed of change within the technology landscape.  As such, finding the right skill set can be challenging and time consuming.  IT staff augmentation helps both HR and IT departments solve that problem and frees them to focus on the important strategic issues.

Achieve Business Initiatives

Augmenting the IT staff to cover back-fill situations often frees up time for regular staff to work on important business projects that are essential for growing the business and maintaining a competitive advantage.

Improve Application and Network Performance

Often IT staff are overstretched, leaving little room for application maintenance and network performance. By using contract staff, on an “as needed basis”, applications can remain up to date and the network performance remains stable.

Improve Business Workflow

Gaps in skill sets, employee turnover, and many other factors often affect day to day operations. IT staff augmentation can help to ensure that the organization’s business workflow is continually productive and free of distractions and interruptions.

A Focused and Unbiased Workforce

When consultants are engaged to participate in specific projects and meet project deadlines, they must approach tasks with precision and focus. Their goal is to ensure the client’s success. Since they aren’t concerned with advancement or the corporate political environment, they are able to maintain objectivity and can provide unbiased feedback related to project status and delivery.

IT staff augmentation is a viable option for companies looking to avail themselves of the most expert talent in the industry. Businesses can reduce costs, achieve project goals, and increase the organization’s growth – not to mention injecting subject matter expertise – all while retaining oversight, control and the strength of the current organizational structure.

Talk to Danush, Your Trusted IT Partner about the staff augmentation today.