Lost data poses a crippling threat
Every manager needs to ensure the necessary data backup systems are in place. This is too important to delegate to your information technology staffer without your oversight.In the event of a server failure, can your data be restored promptly? Review your data recovery plan to confirm hardware and software are maintained regularly and your team knows how to combat viruses, sabotage or natural disasters.
Periodically test the recovery plan. Simulate a flood or other emergency to determine if all backup systems function properly and tapes preserve critical data.
Use mentor to evaluate solutions and guide tech investments
If you spend any time with your organization's IT staff or outside consultants, you know that it's almost impossible to evaluate what technology you want and need. The options are often hard to assess and the benefits are rarely clear and measurable.
The solution? Enlist a tech mentor. Ideally, choose a business acquaintance with no vested interest in your company's tech decisions. This person can help you determine whether to invest in, say, a customized tool or purchase off-the-shelf offerings. A mentor who understands your business can also suggest when it's most cost-effective to upgrade key systems.