Monthly Archives: December 2010

Talk to your customers, or lose them!

Your Business Continuity Plan must include communications This is a call to action: make sure you have included communicating with clients, stakeholders and staff in your Business Continuity Plan. To illustrate my point, I’m going to relate what happened to me on Tuesday. Those of you who follow me on Twitter will have heard some…

DIY can be bad for business. Here’s why

When it comes to backing up data from a company’s computer systems, it can be very tempting to hand craft a solution that meets your exact needs. In this article, I hope to show why taking such a DIY approach can be bad for your business and why it is usually better in the long…

Ready, Set, Test!

Test your Backups regularly OK, you’ve taken my advice and you backup your computer system on a regular basis. How do you know that the Backup worked and that the backed up data is retrievable? Let’s face it; the reason you back up your data is to be able to restore the data in a…

Tip – guard your backups carefully

This week’s tip is to always think about the safe storage of your backups so that you, and only you, have access to them when needed. To highlight the tip, here are two questions: “Where do you store your backups?” “Who does your backups for you?” If your answer to question one is something like…

How to define your approach to backup

How you approach the topic of backup can make the difference between success and failure. Many (hopefully most) businesses back up the data that enables their business to run effectively and efficiently, but unless you know why you are backing data up, you are likely to find that the effort is wasted. In this post,…

Tip – Use a laptop, but be careful

This Monday Tip is aimed fairly and squarely at those lone workers who work from home; though it can also be applicable to others. As a lone home worker it is likely that you have a single computer that is used for all aspects of your business. It probably has your accounts, your customer data,…

Don’t get caught like this

This is a cautionary tale of what can happen when you are not quite sure of the difference between backing data up and archiving it. The tale concerns a company that designs websites for its clients and hosts them using a third party. A situation arose where a client’s website got hacked in such a…

Monthly Archives: December 2010

Talk to your customers, or lose them!

Your Business Continuity Plan must include communications This is a call to action: make sure you have included communicating with clients, stakeholders and staff in your Business Continuity Plan. To illustrate my point, I’m going to relate what happened to me on Tuesday. Those of you who follow me on Twitter will have heard some…

DIY can be bad for business. Here’s why

When it comes to backing up data from a company’s computer systems, it can be very tempting to hand craft a solution that meets your exact needs. In this article, I hope to show why taking such a DIY approach can be bad for your business and why it is usually better in the long…

Ready, Set, Test!

Test your Backups regularly OK, you’ve taken my advice and you backup your computer system on a regular basis. How do you know that the Backup worked and that the backed up data is retrievable? Let’s face it; the reason you back up your data is to be able to restore the data in a…

Tip – guard your backups carefully

This week’s tip is to always think about the safe storage of your backups so that you, and only you, have access to them when needed. To highlight the tip, here are two questions: “Where do you store your backups?” “Who does your backups for you?” If your answer to question one is something like…

How to define your approach to backup

How you approach the topic of backup can make the difference between success and failure. Many (hopefully most) businesses back up the data that enables their business to run effectively and efficiently, but unless you know why you are backing data up, you are likely to find that the effort is wasted. In this post,…

Tip – Use a laptop, but be careful

This Monday Tip is aimed fairly and squarely at those lone workers who work from home; though it can also be applicable to others. As a lone home worker it is likely that you have a single computer that is used for all aspects of your business. It probably has your accounts, your customer data,…

Don’t get caught like this

This is a cautionary tale of what can happen when you are not quite sure of the difference between backing data up and archiving it. The tale concerns a company that designs websites for its clients and hosts them using a third party. A situation arose where a client’s website got hacked in such a…