Almost 33% of UK firms are yet to put in place contingency plans for the inevitable business disruption during the festive summer of 2012, according to a major survey released in January.
There are a number of reasons why businesses are hesitating, The most common of which is the capital expenditure needed to set-up flexible working and business continuity solutions that may only be needed from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June through to the end of the Olympics and Paralympics in September.
According to a recent study by recruitment company Badenoch & Clark, one in six employees in the UK will file for a sick leave to take part in The Games and the festivities. Transport for London, on the other hand, is predicting 60% over capacity usage on the tube, pushing commute times to double or possibly treble.
With likely challenges such as these, it would be wise to enable staff to work from any location during the disruptive months. Better still, to do so without having to finance the expense of purchasing a full license and the other associated costs of implementing a full-scale in-house remote access solution would be best.
With around six million athletes, officials, organizers and visitors coming to the City, the threat of major disasters and public disorder should not be taken lightly. A short-term disaster recovery strategy will ensure business operations will not be compromised and halted, no matter what happens. The Olympics 2008 in China was bombarded with terrorist threats before and after the Opening ceremonies. With less than two weeks before the opening in Beijing, a terrorist group released a video claiming responsibility for a bus bombing that killed a number of people and destroyed a number of businesses.
Frontier Technology, the London-based systems integrator and cloud computing provider, recognises this collective dilemma and has created a cloud-based strategy that firms can utilise to ensure they remain in a ‘business as usual’ operating mode during The Games period. The strategy is a three month cover that resolves issues on flexible working, business continuity and disaster recovery. It lets organisations choose which data and applications they want to be made available and safeguarded whilst Frontier Technology ensures that they are delivered on demand to the organisation’s employees, from any location via any internet-connected device. This technology is customisable and delivers seamless access to the organisation’s staff, irrespective of where they will be working.
It works by temporarily transferring business systems to Frontier Technology’s highly available, highly secure, Tier 4 data centres that are located outside of London for added security. To ensure continuity in business operations, data and systems will be replicated from the main data centre to the backup data centre located over 60 miles away. The transfer of data and applications to the data centres, and back to a client’s site, will require no downtime and no interruption to running IT systems. Significantly, there is no investment in hardware and or software required.
29% of the 1200 companies surveyed by British Telecoms – including FTSE100 firms, SMEs and public sector organisations – admitted to having no strategy planned for the inevitable disruption brought about by the Games. Further, 90% expect to be affected by issues regarding staff tardiness and absences, transportation, supply chain management, higher cost of accommodation and even threats to personal and business security.
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