5 Steps to Covid-19 business survival
Now that the World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic, IT departments must develop a pandemic response plan.
As you strive to sift through the fast-evolving situation and separate out misinformation from fact, we’ve built a comprehensive, one-stop resource to guide you.
We are closely monitoring this situation and will continue to provide timely updates to help you navigate through it.
To move toward immediate action, book a free consultation call with our experts to kick-start your response plan.
Your response plan should consider the five points listed below.
1. Crisis management
The most important thing you can do is communicate to internal and external stakeholders. Be transparent and communicate clearly and frequently. Pre-plan for this likely crisis to improve your ability to respond to a pandemic and implement a structure that can be applied to a wide range of other potential crises.
2. People management
Pandemic planning involves more than technology. Addressing employee concerns and absences, temporary work arrangements and process changes, health and safety, and other downstream effects of a pandemic can be difficult to work through.
Equip managers and employees with the necessary information and guidance to navigate these uncertain times.
3. Business continuity
If you don’t have a business continuity plan (BCP), you should get one in a hurry. If you have one, we can review it with you. We’ll help you streamline the traditional approach to make BCP development manageable and repeatable.
4. Disaster recovery
You’ll need it for a pandemic scenario if mass absenteeism is going to bring your business to a screeching halt.
Cost-effective disaster recover and service continuity starts with identifying what is truly mission critical so you can focus resources accordingly.
5. Network management
Make sure your network is ready for the crushing demand that remote workers will put on internet bandwidth and network and VPN infrastructure.
This is the time to solidify the business case for your network modernisation project by demonstrating and quantifying the hard dollar value it provides to the business, which in the case of a pandemic response can be the difference between weathering the storm and sinking the ship.
Working with our research partner Info-Tech, our approach is based on understanding your position in the business economic cycle, establishing a corresponding response mode, and identifying key budget and cost management goals.
These inputs will enable you to target initiatives within and across four focus areas and provide your organisation relevant blueprints, tools, and templates to develop an action plan to achieve the budget and cost management goals you have set.