When things are going well in your business, it can be difficult to want to think about the things that go wrong. Some may just want to “enjoy the good times” while more superstitious people may want to avoid tempting fate.
While it may just sound like busywork, in reality not repairing for potential issues could result in dire consequences. These can be fatal mistakes that could eventually ruin your business, or at least cause some significant disruption. For example, a company losing access to a system like its master production schedule could result in huge delays to orders.
Good business leaders continually assess the risks to their operations, considering every possible eventuality. Risks to most businesses include:
- Computer failure
- Data loss
- Power failure
- Fire, flood, or other major weather events
- Internet outage
- Employees leaving
Thankfully, cloud computing can limit the impact of many of these issues, or even prevent them from happening in the first place, here’s how.
Quickly Change Devices
When you’re working in the cloud, you can quickly switch to a different device and keep access to all of your files and collaborative tools. This means that a broken computer, fire, theft, or cyber-attack won’t prevent you from working. You just need to log in to your accounts from another device and pick up where you left off.
According to Layr, 60% of businesses that suffer a cyber-attack or data breach cease trading within six months. The cost, in money, time, and stress, of dealing with such events is immense.
Contemporary cyber-attacks often use encryption to block your access to your files until you pay a ransom. Storing your data in the cloud prevents this from happening, you can simply wipe the computer and start again.
Work From Anywhere
If a fire or flood damages your offices, your staff can work from anywhere. Since your systems and data are stored in the cloud, they are sheltered from the fire or water damage and can be accessed as normal with staff working from home or from a temporary office.
This also means staff can work on the go. Having a meeting in another city, a dentist appointment, or a car in the garage no longer mean staff needs to be out of action, they can work from their smartphone, tablet, or laptop from wherever they are.
Making regular backups of your data has been an important part of ensuring business resilience for decades. Without them, a failed hard drive or corrupt disc would be enough to send your business back to the stone age.
With cloud storage systems, data is continually backed up to remote locations, so you’re even less likely to lose data when hardware fails.
Since the backups are taken care of automatically, it also means that you’re not relying on IT staff remembering to manually launch the backup process, eliminating human error.
With cloud-based computer systems, your business can continue operating no matter what happens.