Don't Let Downtime Affect You

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Don't let downtime affect you

We’ve all been there. You’re in the middle of an urgent phone call when suddenly, you’re cut off. Is it the battery this time, or has your phone malfunctioned again? It’s annoying, but it’s not the end of the world. You either plug your phone in or borrow a different one. Then you can resume your conversation without a worry. But imagine if this happened to your whole office or your entire business. This downtime is not so easy to recover from.

If you’re on the internet, you’re at risk

It happens to businesses every day, and you don’t want to be one of them. When your company’s technology fails, it's known as downtime because your firm can no longer function as it should. Downtime is becoming more and more of an issue for businesses today who’s profitability relies on the workings of intricate I.T. systems. Research suggests that smaller businesses suffer an average of 45 minutes of downtime per week. But, the more technology you use, the more risk there is that you will suffer from downtime, and this will have severe and often irrevocable effects.

The cost of downtime

Every hour of downtime your company experiences can cost you not hundreds, but thousands of pounds. In the UK, it costs companies between £4300 and £258,000 per year on average. This isn't only due to the customers who can’t purchase from your website, or the staff you are paying to do nothing while they wait for their computers to be fixed. It also includes the cost of repairs and the legal fees that can result from data breaches. It all adds up. So, to stop this happening to you, you must prepare your IT network. After all, every business will experience a cyber attack at some point, which can lead to downtime, and other issues such as server overloads will also contribute.

Prepare for downtime

Preparing your business to deal with and prevent downtime is easy. It is an essential move towards protecting your company’s future. The use of technology is increasing in companies which leaves them at risk. But, the good news is that innovative software and hardware developers are taking note of this and inventing new and improved ways to protect your company all the time. Protecting yourself from things that prevent your business functioning has never been easier.

What can you do to prevent downtime?

You need to hire an experienced support company who can advise you on the best ways to protect your business. By engaging specialists, you get a plan of action tailored to your firm so you are protected, but don’t end up paying for services that wouldn’t benefit you. Industry experts will advise you on the best security, anti-virus, and anti-malware software to use. As well as showing you how to incorporate other protective measures such as VPN’s, and cloud computing into your business.

Most importantly, you need an infallible business continuity plan. That way, if you do experience downtime, you can recover from it in seconds. You won't have to worry about losing thousands of pounds every time your business experiences an attack or a failure.

Tandem Systems is here to help you, even before disaster strikes. We could be the difference between paying £2000 for every hour of downtime you experience, or staying on your feet and maintaining your excellent reputation. To take the first steps, call us today on 01204 860 050.

 

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