The 2000’s will forever be known as the decade of disasters; hurricanes, pandemics, flu outbreaks and fires. Business continuity and disaster recovery should always be included in strategic planning, but the sobering reality of it is that of the businesses that have a formal disaster recovery plan less than 40% actually put that plan to action. When disaster strikes less than 15% of all businesses affected ever return to regular operations. Most fizzle out and close their doors permanently with in the first year. All of this can be avoided by taking a proactive approach to business communications and disaster planning.
Given the statistics, businesses still deploying a conventional telephony model have cause for concern. Imagine the impact on the business if the building were to ever become inoperable due to a natural disaster, random act of violence or even a pandemic outbreak.
It would cost tens of thousands of dollars to have an entire corporate telephony network reconstructed into a new office location (provided a new office location could even be procured.) VoIP isn’t restricted to copper wires, nor is it limited to the physical office location.
On an IP based communications platform accessing the corporate communications network is as simple as plugging a functioning VoIP phone into any existing Internet connection, or downloading a softphone application on to any computer. Not only does this offer the peace of mind that business can continue, at least in part, until the business can be relocated or restored. It also ensures that employees have constant access to voice mail, faxing capabilities and voice communications. The most important people in the business, it’s clients, will still be able to contact company representatives and they won’t even know that employees are working from a location outside of the business.
Business should avoid the unforeseen by ensuring that they take advantage of fully portable communications system, that can be accessed and utilized any place any time. Functions and capabilities that are only available while deploying a small business VoIP phone system.