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The Importance of Business Continuity in Manufacturing

23 January 2019

Disruption to the production floor can lead to lost profit and disappointed customers. It’s estimated that downtime costs UK manufacturers £180bn a year* and in many cases it’s caused by the failure of factory equipment. Yet, as manufacturing becomes more automated, the risks of downtime increasingly need to factor in the prospect of IT failure.

This is why Business Continuity Planning or BCP is becoming more and more important for the manufacturing industry.

Disruption due to fire, flood, or simple human error can be very costly. How would you recover if your IT infrastructure went down? Do you have an up-to-date backup of your data and how long would it take to restore? Many companies still have their backup on the same premises. That’s potentially a grave risk. You could you lose all your data to the same crisis event.

By having reliable backup offsite and a disaster recovery service in the cloud you can eliminate concerns about data loss and IT failure. 24/7 support from a cloud provider that’s invested in robust and resilient infrastructure and processes will help you meet your retention and compliance requirements.

Backup and DR should be part of your overall business strategy. Not only does it play into your planning processes and your boardroom strategy, it is also critical in meeting the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation alongside government and industry regulations.

Many businesses that suffer from a disaster event never recover. While those that do can suffer significant financial damage and reputational loss. Customers can be quick to go elsewhere for a supplier if they can’t get what they want, when they want it.

This is why making sure you can keep operational in any circumstances is critical for every manufacturing business.

 

iomart has been successfully delivering cloud, business continuity, and IT infrastructure to the manufacturing sector for over 20 years including Pernod Ricard.   Talk to us today about how our backup and Disaster Recovery solutions can help protect your IT systems. Call us on 0800 040 7228 or click here to send through your enquiry.  

*https://www.themanufacturer.com/articles/machine-downtime-costs-uk-manufacturers-180bn-year/

 

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