IT disruptions come in many forms, and not all of them come with simple fixes. And with COVID-19 forcing many businesses to work remotely, disruptions such as security threats and lost data are more prevalent than ever.
Luckily, there are resources businesses can use to minimize IT disruptions, even in their remote settings. Here are some strategies and tools you can use to minimize technology interruptions in your own workplace:
Review Your Business Continuity Plan
Do you have a contingency plan if your business were to suffer a cyber attack, malware intrusion, virus assault, or perhaps a natural disaster? What happens if the power goes out?
Revising your business continuity plan to prepare for such scenarios can be a huge help in mitigating disruptions down the road. Business continuity plans often include data loss prevention (DLP) methods, data backup solutions, and departmental procedures in the case of an IT disaster. Doing regular network assessments and updating your plan accordingly can help you avoid huge losses in the future.
Use a Team Management Platform
When employees aren’t communicating effectively because of technological obstacles, your productivity levels will inevitably suffer. Investing in a team management platform or software such as Microsoft Teams can ensure your team works together effectively and keeps documents safe and easily accessible.
Invest in Managed IT Services
Many businesses have turned to managed IT services during the pandemic to mitigate interruptions caused by IT, often because they offer remote support and 24/7 services. Managed IT services are designed to be uniquely tailored to company needs to ensure they work as productively as possible, so this can be a great solution for many businesses.
One service offered by MSPs (Managed Service Providers) is round-the-clock system monitoring. This is especially critical when it comes to preventing cyberattacks and eliminating root causes of downtime. With an MSP on your side, you can minimize disruptions while also saving your company thousands of dollars in lost productivity or data.
When you experience IT disruptions, your business grinds to a halt. Left too long, it can mean you suffer major monetary losses or even loss of your business altogether. Securing your networks and planning for potential causes of data loss can help you mitigate the effect of disruptions as well as prevent them in the future.
As you work to implement strategies that will help you use your technology more effectively, you can ensure your business thrives, even during this global pandemic.