There is a good chance that if you are in a Northeast United States, your morning commute was marred with the first snowfall of the year. While it did not accumulate to much on the roadways, it is a good reminder that winter is coming and businesses should revisit their disaster recovery plan to make sure they are ready for the coldest months.
A recent article from the Portland Daily Sun in Portland, Maine highlighted the fact that the winter can be just as problematic for companies as a hurricane. An ice storm or blizzard can cause businesses to be closed for extended periods of time. Because of this, it is important for organizations to revisit their policies and make sure systems like cloud storage and backup systems work as well in the winter as they would in the summer. The article also put a priority on communication systems.
"If you do allow your employees to work from home during a winter storm, consider how your team will resume operations, ensuring that you can keep in touch via phone with your clients, customers and partners," the article reads.
The article goes on to encourage businesses to use a VoIP phone system as it can be a major tool for disaster recovery. This is because it can be a simple process for organizations to forward business phone calls to an employee mobile device or by bringing the phone itself home before a storm in preparation.
With the help of an IT consulting firm that specializes in business VoIP systems and cloud computing solutions, any company can be ready for dropping temperatures.