Embedded Systems  
     New Orleans  
     November 2005  
      Business Survival  
Business Survival in the Age of Computing

Disasters strike with no warning. All organizations, small or large, need to be prepared for disaster. Judicious planning is the difference between surviving unscathed and being overwhelmed. The smaller your organization, the more critical planning is.

The critical part of planning for business survival is identifying what must be preserved and how it must be preserved. Disasters, both natural and man-made, strike with little notice. If planning has not been done in advance, it is difficult to wrest salvation from the problem with ad-hoc solutions.

Planning for business survival can be done successfully for any size business. The centrality of computer stored information to all aspects of modern business, while increasing vulnerability, also provides the tools to defend against the risk. Used properly; digital media store unprecedented volumes of data in equally small physical packages. The common broadband connection, properly used, can transfer business critical data in minutes, complete archives in a matter of hours. In short, data migrations that formerly required armies of movers can be accomplished in a matter of minutes using a standard consumer broadband connection.

Business survival is more than preserving data and replacing equipment. In some cases, the technical infrastructure will be damaged while the business stays in place.

We will review core business survival issues and how appropriate planned responses are available to all, from the part time small business to the largest corporations.

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