Downtime is the enemy of the modern business, and it’s easy to see why. However, not all organizations have the foresight to imagine a scenario when their operations are impacted so badly that they simply cannot function. We’re here to share our knowledge of downtime, its effects, and what you can do to keep it from affecting your organization.
What is Downtime?
Downtime can come in many forms, whether it’s caused by a data breach, natural disaster, or hardware failure. The common factor among them is that your operations are impeded to the point where your organization simply cannot function as it’s intended. We want to emphasize that it doesn’t matter what the cause is; any situation you find yourself in where your business isn’t functioning at its best can be considered downtime.
Sometimes downtime isn’t as obvious as you might think. While some situations, like your Internet or electricity being down, are beyond your control, others might be prevented with the right countermeasures–but more on that later.
What Are Its Effects?
Let’s use some of the more common instances of downtime to explain what downtime causes. Look at any instance when your organization isn’t working like it should be, like the electricity in your office shutting off unexpectedly. Your employees might be sitting around in the dark, talking to each other and not getting any work done. After all, what can they do without computers but talk about who got them in this mess in the first place? (or second place, or third place, depending how often this happens). Speaking of your team, they’re less likely to feel committed to working for a company that isn’t interested in making sure they can do their jobs, let alone reach the KPI’s they need to reach to be successful. Who’s held accountable for IT decisions in your company?
In today’s business world, it’s not uncommon for organizations to rely entirely on the power of machines, and they are therefore at the mercy of electricity to keep office technology operating.
Consider the fact that you are paying your employees for the time they are spending in the office, whether they are working or not. Consider the amount of lost revenue from clients trying to access your infrastructure. Consider the fact that you can’t provide support without access to your organization’s technological assets. All of this coalesces into a considerable expense for your organization–and that’s not even mentioning the issues that arise regarding fixing the problem itself.
In fact, fixing the issue can be one of the most expensive parts of the whole process. It could mean replacing a server unit, implementing a solution that resolves the problem, damage control for your reputation, and most important of all, the massive strain it can place on your budget. Downtime is an unnecessary expense that your organization can do without.
What Can You Do?
Preventative technology measures can make all the difference when looking to keep downtime to a minimum. With the right technology solutions, your organization can effectively mitigate downtime with proactive IT solutions designed to save your business money. To this end, ActiveCo Technology Management’s professional technicians can assist your business. Whether you need a technology consultant to discuss potential downtime-related issues or you’re ready to go in on a solution, we stand by you. To learn more about what we can offer your business, reach out to us at (604) 425-3433.