Business Continuity – How Good is Your Plan?

Hurricane season is the perfect time for businesses to be examining (or in some cases developing for the first time) their Business Continuity Plan (BCP). Business continuity planning is key to expediting the recovery of the business’ critical functions following disasters ranging from hurricanes and earthquakes to infiltration of malware into key systems thus ensuring downtime and monetary loss is minimized. The plan should be live, dynamic and ever-evolving as new threats continue to present themselves. With ever-more complex systems and technologies being implemented into companies as scaling necessitates complex telephony and network solutions for businesses, it’s difficult to keep plans up-to-date and ready to be put into action at a moments’ notice.

Building a Strategic Technology Plan Part 2

continued from part 1. Sound Infrastructure Choices Look for long term solutions with broad compatibility when choosing a software solutions. Generally, open source platforms are easier for other vendors to integrate their add-on solutions with and help keep costs lower. Consider that today your company may only need an accounting program with payroll software, but … Read more

DLS Internet Services Races to Help Car Outlet Get Back to Business

Chicago building fire

At 3:20 a.m. one morning in March 2014, business as usual stopped for Total Finance, the loan division of Car Outlet, one of Chicago’s fastest growing aftermarket car dealerships and financing groups. Nearly 100 firefighters responded to the fire on West Irving Park Road that had engulfed the company’s offices, causing the entire roof to … Read more

Hosted PBX and Business Continuity in Times of Crisis

With Superstorm Sandy causing untold destruction and massive disruptions to large swathes of New Jersey and New York City, some organizations have begun to wonder how, exactly, they’d fair if they were hit by a massive weather systems, while other organizations are left with the mess of figuring out how they’re going to rebuild their communications infrastructure in a manner that will ensure continuity no matter what happens. The solution both of these sets of organizations are looking for lies in a hosted PBX – the only cost effective communications solution that will help them get back up and running as quickly as possible no matter what happens to their HQ.

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Role of Hosted PBX in Disaster Recovery Planning

Recent events in Japan bring me back to the subject of service survivability and business continuity in the event of a natural disaster. Japan is heavily reliant on VoIP for its telephony. In a way, this has been another significant test of IP communications in a disaster and it appears that the outcome paints fairly … Read more