A corporate network is the virtual lifeblood of any company--through it, data and valuable information (hopefully?!) flow from the far reaches of the Internet down through the company’s system(s) and into the appendages of employees' PCs. As a result, when your network goes down, it can feel as though your company has been paralyzed by a stroke.
What to Do When Your Corporate Network Goes Down
Step 1: Don't panic. Networks sometimes go down in phases, so your employees may be able to salvage their most recent work.
Step 2: Shut down. Stop typing; stop working; stop saving!
Loss Prevention in the Event of a Network Failure
"The quality of your backup system determines how long you'll be down for” wouldn’t be a fair assessment:
If you are smart enough to invest in a solid backup system, you might only be down for an hour, with no data lost.
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Solid backup systems include mirror drives and redundant servers, where you simply unplug the downed drive, and plug in the redundant server.
Some things to do once you have a solid backup system are:
Write down the procedure for getting the network back up and running. Make the instructions detailed, and keep several copies around the office. One copy should reside in the server room.
Have a mock run. Choose a weekend and hire a tech person to come in and orchestrate a mock network failure. Run through every step just like it was a fire drill.
Remember, your network won't go down when you don't need it. It will always go down when you most need it, because network problems are most often related to traffic issues.
Preventing Network Failure in the Future
Properly shut down all computers at the end of the day. When you get too many connections, things can come in that overpower your server.
Even screensavers take up network space and having computers constantly trying to get email can unnecessarily use up resources.
Keep up with the automated updates.
These updates are designed to bugs, install important security updates and install patches. You can't let those get behind because then things start happening, like viruses and firewall breaches. When your computers are running different versions of updates, problems can arise.
The best solution is to have a dedicated IT person on staff or on retainer who can help you to ensure that your network is in the best possible health.
About the Author: Kate Supino writes extensively about best business practices.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.