It goes without saying that the coronavirus pandemic has caught most of the business world flat-footed. Few of us saw the epidemic coming, and we think we can fairly say that even those who did anticipate the disruption weren’t projecting it to be so rapid and widespread.
In one sense, that has nothing to do with managed services or technology. But in another sense, it’s a good reflection of what we have been teaching our clients for years: that good preparation is everything.
Preparation is Everything When Facing a Crisis
For several years, we have been working with our clients to develop contingency plans that would help them keep operations running smoothly in the event of a fire, flood, electrical search, or other unforeseen tragedy. While a coronavirus pandemic doesn’t translate directly to those scenarios, many of the preparations that were put in place can be adapted to the current situation.
Really, that’s the point of planning the first place. It’s a recognition that no one knows what will happen in the future, but you can take prudent steps to deal with the unforeseen. Right now, that little bit of forethought is proving to be invaluable.
It’s Not Too Late to Adjust Your Strategy
If you’re one of the tens of thousands of business owners and executives who didn’t have an IT strategy in place to deal with a public health crisis, know that you aren’t alone. It’s not too late to adjust your approach.
While reacting to a tough situation is never quite as good as planning for one in the first place, there are a lot of steps you can take to keep your company running as smoothly as possible in the coming weeks and months. We’ve outlined many of them in recent blog articles and would be happy to discuss them with you during a customized consultation. Regardless of where you are in terms of your preparation, this is the time to start looking ahead and protecting your business.
Remember That Life and Business Always Have Unknowns
Just as we couldn’t have known how quickly business conditions would change in 2020, neither can we accurately forecast what the next few months will look like – much less what will happen farther down the road. Still, we can accept that life and business will always have unknowns and put steps in place to stay flexible, profitable, and productive.
To put this another way, this is a point in time where you need to be thinking tactically and strategically. In the short term you want to minimize costs and keep productivity up. Over a longer time horizon, however, you will likely have to adjust to new conditions that can’t be predicted right now. Balancing those two concerns is a necessity. It’s also something that gets easier when you have the right IT partner behind you.
Ready to Start Making New Plans for Your Company?
The new surprises have been coming rapidly for business leaders at every level, and they will likely continue to do so for several weeks and months. That doesn’t mean you can’t make plans and preparations to protect you and your employees against the unknown, though. Contact Fantastic IT in Los Angeles today so we can put our technical skills and experience to work for you!