Does your emergency preparedness plan include the cloud?

In the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, many businesses in downtown Manhattan were brought to a halt. Office buildings were flooded, power was lost, servers were down. Even employees who were physically safe in their homes were often unable to access their emails, calendars, databases, client information, documents, and contacts.

 However, we did hear from clients who WERE able to immediately resume working from a remote location – clients using cloud computing and, more specifically, Salesforce.

With only a mobile device, they had access to essential data and information and could seamlessly transition to working from home.

We’ve (obviously) always loved Salesforce and the cloud computing model – because it allows for flexibility and travel and for us (and our clients) to work from virtually anywhere in the world. We think this experience will change the way that a lot of companies view cloud computing, making it a very attractive option that increases reliability and productivity.

Recovery from hurricane Sandy is undoubtedly going to be a long and painful process – for individuals and businesses. I’ve heard of large international organizations who will not be back in their offices until 2013, and who are still missing two weeks worth of emails from the server outages. The impact of this to an organization’s bottom line is huge. It also presents an opportunity for decision-makers to reconsider their business processes, and how they can maximize productivity and minimize disruption no matter what Mother Nature brings.


Larissa Neale is a Salesforce consultant who has detested filing cabinets and paper records since she suffered her very first paper cut. Contact Sputnik Moment to fnd out how she can use her passion for cloud computing to help your organization.