No one is really ready when disaster hits their shop. However, the more you can prepare before a disaster hits, the better off you’ll be if one does happen. If you have a plan in place, then you don’t have to try to figure out what to do in the middle of a disaster. You just need to follow your plan. Having your ERP system on the cloud is one way to prepare.
Sometimes disasters are on a smaller scale. If your ERP software is only on one computer and that computer stops working, that’s still a disaster. It becomes a bigger disaster if lightning strikes your shop and every computer is fried, meaning that everything on those computers is gone.
However, any situation like this can be solved with an ERP system on the cloud. If you have everything on the cloud, then you’re not dependent on one computer to store all of your information. As long as you have a computer, tablet, or mobile phone that can access the internet, then you can still access your ERP system. All of your data will be safe and available to you. Your data will also be current because the cloud backs up automatically. This means that the past several days of orders and work are saved in your system. It will all be right there when you need it, no matter what happens to your computer.
Most of the time, you’re able to work from your shop. However, if there’s a flood, the roads are icy, or there’s a landslide, you might not be able to get to work. Depending on who can make it into work, the machines might still be running, and they might need you to be able to work. You can log in if your ERP system is on the cloud, even if you’re stuck at home. As long as you can get on the internet, you can sign in and keep working. Just because a disaster hit your area, doesn’t mean work stops. In some cases, if your shop is helping to rebuild, you could be even busier.
This also applies if your shop is inaccessible, but you’re able to use machines at a different shop. Once you set up your new work centers, you can still keep track of every job just like you’re working at your shop. Using the cloud for your ERP system gives you ultimate flexibility, no matter what disaster has hit.
Disasters happen unexpectedly. However, with a plan, and some great technology, you can get your shop back on its feet more quickly. Having an ERP system on the cloud is convenient during good times, but it can be critical during disasters. Start making a recovery plan today, and if your ERP system isn’t on the cloud, consider moving it there.
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