Snowbound businesses show they have learned lessons of the floods


Snowbound businesses show they have learned lessons of the floods

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Heavy snow has caused severe disruptions this week, but UK businesses are better prepared for conditions that prevent access to offices since the 2007 floods, says Sungard Availabilty Services.

Businesses appear to be coping relatively well thanks to the business continuity plans they have in place, according to Keith Tilley, executive vice-president for UK and Europe at Sungard.

Some businesses have made use of alternative work premises, but many have continued work normally using various technologies to enable staff to work from home, he said.

UK suppliers of such technolgies have capitalised on this week's transport disruptions to promote products and services aimed at enabling businesses to maintain poductivity levels.

Rob Lovell, CEO of hosing services firm ThinkGrid, said such losses could be overcome by taking advantage of the internet to give employees access to work computers, phones and email.

"By giving employees hosted desktops and phones, organisations can ensure that employees can  work normally even though they can't get to the office,” he said.

Charles Black, CEO of Nasstar, another hosting service provider, said on-premises IT falls at the first hurdle and greatly hinders employee productivity in difficult weather conditions.

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