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Don’t be sorry: Top 10 Disaster Planning Essentials

If your data is important to your business and you cannot afford to have your operations halted for days – even weeks – due to data loss or corruption, then read on.

A disaster can happen at any time on any day and is likely to occur at the most inconvenient time. (Perhaps – right before a long weekend!)

If you aren’t already prepared, you run the risk of having the disaster coming before you have in place a plan to handle it. This report outlines 10 things you should have in place to make sure your business could be back up and running again in the event of a disaster.

Download this Report – 10 Disaster Planning Essentials For A Small Business Network. Spend 5 min. to read it. You won’t be sorry.

And as always, feel free to Contact Us with questions or concerns about your Disaster Planning.

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Top 4 Common Mistakes by IT Decision Makers

Downtime is serious business, because employee productivity and data security are top concerns for most executives. It doesn’t matter what type of business: legal, healthcare, finance, manufacturing.

We here at Be Structured get it. As our clients’ IT department, we are on the front lines of operations, making sure that all data, applications, and IT infrastructure support the business — rather than disrupt it!

In collaboration with Axcient, we’re sharing the Top 4 Common Mistakes made by IT decision makers. If you’re an executive in charge of operations, employees, data, read this to understand the importance of a knowledgeable IT Manager or IT Support Company. If you’re an IT Manager, there is ammo in this white paper that could help you make the case for a solid Backup and Business Continuity.

Enjoy – and please Contact Us with questions about your IT infrastructure or support. We can help.

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Essential Guide to Preventing Downtime

You know downtime is costly and affects all parts of your business. But how costly? Anytime that application or server or CRM fails, what are direct costs (lost revenue and productivity, fines) and indirect costs (bad reputation, frustrated employees and clients)?

We know this is on your mind – constantly. So we have partnered with Axcient to bring you this helpful Essential Guide to Preventing Downtime. Whether you are a business owner, an Operations executive, an IT manager, a Managing Director or Partner — in manufacturing, legal, or financial service fields– you will find this guide helpful.

Download it now to see:

  1. Free online downtime cost calculator
  2. How backup / business continuity solution works (don’t worry – it’s in understandable language)
  3. Calculation of cost of owning a backup solution

A solid backup solution not only prevents downtime, but also protects your data and keeps your business running.

Knowledge is powerful. Use the information in this Guidebook to help you determine how to leverage backup & business continuity solutions to keep your clients happy, your employees productive, and your data secure.

Anytime you want to talk to us about this solution, we’re happy to help recommend the best next steps. E-mail ContactUs@BeStructured.com or use our Contact Form on the site.

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Do you allow employees to use their own device for work?

The evolution of personal mobile devices and the rise of how necessary they are to business success these days are forcing many small business owners to make a choice – “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) vs. “Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled” (COPE).

The Typical Solution – BYOD. According to the CDW 2012 Small Business Mobility Report, 89% of small-business employees use their personal mobile devices for work. But the headache involved here is how do you support and secure all of these devices? The scary thing is that most small businesses don’t even try! The CDW survey found that only 1 in 5 small businesses have deployed (or plan to deploy) any systems for managing and securing employees’ personal devices.

The Alternative – Is COPE Any Better? A minority of small businesses have implemented a Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled (COPE) policy instead. They buy their employees’ mobile devices, secure them and then let employees load additional personal applications that they want or need. And the employers control what types of apps can be added too. The “personally enabled” aspect of COPE allows employees to choose the company-approved device they prefer while permitting them to use it both personally and professionally. COPE is certainly more controlled and secure, but for a business with a limited budget, buying devices for every employee can add up pretty quick. If you go the COPE route and are large enough to buy in volume, you can likely negotiate substantial discounts.

Security Concerns With BYOD. If you have client information that must be kept secure or other industry-specific regulations regarding the security of client data, then COPE is likely your best approach. It removes any gray area around whose data is whose. Plus there is a certain comfort level in being able to recover or confiscate any device for any reason at any time to protect your company without any worries about device ownership.

Struggling to figure out which option is best for your business? E-mail us: ContactUs@bestructured.com. We can help point you in the right direction by conducting a free Mobile Device Policy Consultation.

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What is the average cost per hour of downtime?

As a small business owner or an IT Manager, you understand that any downtime or disruption can be frustrating and expensive. You’ve heard it here – and you believe it – that you need solid IT Support and a reliable backup/disaster recovery service to avoid time consuming and potentially costly disruptions.

But you might need good research to help you prove your case to other decision makers.

Well, you’re in luck. We put together this infographic based on a survey of IT managers to show the types of interruptions and downtime causes that plague every company.

The most compelling number there? The average cost per hour of downtime.

Download this infographic (PDF) here. Let us know if it helps.  E-mail: ContactUs@bestructured.com to contact us about this infographic and backup/disaster recovery solution – anytime!

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