How to Make Sure Your ERP Software Can Weather the Storm

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With Hurricane Sandy bearing down and battering the East Coast, businesses will no doubt be affected.  While many will lose productivity by closing down for a few days, others may sustain damages that could result in the loss of valuable business data —which can be devastating for an organization.

A 2007 study reported that of companies that had a major loss of computerized records, 43% never reopen, 51% close within two years, and only 6% will survive long-term.

Ensuring the protection of your ERP software data in the event of a disaster (natural or otherwise) has everything to do with planning.

If you have (or plan to have) an on-premise ERP deployment, where you host your own data on your own servers, backing up your data is vital.  It isn’t enough to simply back-up your data, however, you need to check your back-ups regularly and store them off-site.  Ultimately, though, it doesn’t do you any good to back-up your system if you don’t know how to restore it, so make sure you have a restore strategy in place and understand what needs to happen to restore your data.

An ERP partner, like Socius, can help you plan for your business continuity in the event of a disaster.

Another way to ensure your ERP system data is safe and secure in the event of a disaster is to trust it to a hosting or Cloud services provider from the get-go.  A Cloud vendors’ core function is providing infrastructure business continuity, so you can focus on your people and facilities in the event of a disaster.  Whether you purchase your ERP software up-front and have it hosted in a private Cloud (Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or you pay for your software and hosting services in a subscription plan (Software as a Service (SaaS)), a reputable Cloud provider will be able to clearly articulate specific governance, operational and regulatory guidelines that they follow to assure the security of your data.

For Cloud ERP options and pricing, calculate your costs today!

By Socius, an Ohio On-Premise and Cloud ERP Partner

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