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Assess your software vendors’ viability as economy lags

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You’ve come to rely on certain software products, haven’t you? But as this recession lingers, you need to consider whether your software vendors will survive the downturn or be acquired by larger competitors.

Don’t assume your colleagues in information technology will take care of everything. Your job is to devise contingency plans if your software development contracts, licensing deals or maintenance arrangements no longer exist in their current form. You will want to have a seamless transition, just in case. Explore alternatives such as buying supplemental software applications or hiring programmers to customize in-house products.

Weigh risks of letting laid-off workers access PC files

Most workers realize that their employer owns all data stored on office computers. Your organization may require new hires to sign a form acknowledging that they have no right to privacy or ownership of any content in company-owned computers. After a sudden layoff, however, workers may ask to take personal information stored in their PC (from friends’ phone numbers to family photos).

Think twice before saying yes—and review your firm’s policy before allowing outgoing employees to download personal files. Risks include computer viruses and data theft. Almost 60 percent of workers who lost or left jobs in 2008 stole company data, according to a Ponemon Institute survey.


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