Monday, January 26, 2015

What Is Your Firm's Business Continuity Plan When Juno Strikes?

With an impending storm at our heels, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic are bracing for Juno - and it may be one for the books. This time, you’re ready. You’ve battled grocery store lines, filled your gas tank, and searched frantically through empty aisles for the last pack of AA batteries. The office building has already announced that it will be closed for the duration of the storm, but business must continue. What is your firm’s continuity plan when disaster strikes?
The Houston Chronicle’s contributing author David Ingram, notes three key elements in a business continuity plan in his article, “Business Continuity Planning for a Legal Firm”:
  1. Maintain scheduled meetings and communication, including plans for alternative meeting space (virtual or physical), access to important contact information, alternative transportation and access to their data from a remote location.
  2. Have established research and preparation plans, so attorneys can access legal records, and their office administrators can prepare supporting documentation.
  3. Determine a standard process for execution once disaster is imminent or has already struck, is also crucial. Preparation should involve identifying potential disruptions to the firm and what workflow may be affected, planning alternative means of executing that workflow and communicating the standard process to all employees of the firm.
The American Bar Association has also published a more detailed guide to business continuity planning for reference.
Start your disaster planning today by following the guidelines above and by implementing secure, dependable cloud-based systems like ANAQUA Essential. Leveraging advanced technology that incorporates all aspects of your firm’s activities is an easy win for continuity planning. Firms that embrace ANAQUA Essential have everything at their fingertips no matter what disaster looms around the corner:
  • Instant access to documents, contact records and more for attorneys, docketing staff and clients
  • Collaboration tools to work together remotely, from the safety of your home
  • Mobile connection anytime, anywhere – even when the power goes out!
Unfortunately, determining a proper business continuity plan isn’t something that can wait until disaster is imminent – and Juno may not be the end of winter’s wrath. Anaqua Essential’s intellectual property management software will help your firm continue to serve its clients without disruption under any conditions.

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