Few things are as critical to a well-run business as adequate data backups, yet this crucial component of information technology is frequently neglected. Since a backup is something a firm needs only in the event of a computer or external hard drive failure or theft, it is tempting to relegate the task to the do-it-when-time-permits category. The problem with this plan, as anyone who has ever run a business can testify, is that time very rarely becomes available for low priority tasks. Putting out daily fires and keeping track of current issues in the enterprise usually take precedence.
One solution to this conundrum is to make creating backups a high priority, but even then it may fall by the wayside when other pressing needs become apparent. Far better than to make a habit of backing up data every day at the same time is to have an information system that will do it for you through managed services. The technology now exists to create automatic backups that stay current up to the minute -- every time a file is changed on a hard drive, the changed file can be immediately copied into the backup system.
An IT company can provide invaluable assistance with setting up this sort of comprehensive backup system and can monitor and evaluate its ongoing effectiveness so that business owners can feel confident that in the event of catastrophe, their client histories, payroll data, and accounts receivable can be fully restored without undue delay.