iPads aren’t just useful for getting some work done when you’re away from your desk; they can also save the day when your office is temporarily out of bounds.
Combining an iPad with a cloud Office suite like Office 365 is a great way to stay productive on the move. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, it’s easy to access your important business documents and get to work – knowing that everything will be synced up to the cloud so when you get back to your desk you can pick up working where you left off.
Throw a wireless Bluetooth keyboard in your travel bag and your iPad becomes a hybrid device for those times when you need to bash out more than short emails and the on-screen virtual keyboard won’t cut it.
Some people are happy to work on an iPad all day every day, but others are relieved to get back to their desk. You might only think of an iPad as a secondary productivity tool to use when you’re on the move, but it can also form the backbone of a robust business continuity plan to ensure you can keep the business up and running while you get back on your feet after a disaster.
Business disasters don’t just extend to tech issues like lost, stolen or broken hardware; something as simple as a gas leak or burst water pipe could easily put your office out of bounds for days. Your data might be tucked away safe and sound on the office PCs and/or network drives, but that’s little consolation when you’re left standing on the footpath.
This kind of scenario is where an iPad can save the day, especially if you’ve planned ahead to ensure you can access all the data and services you need to keep the business afloat. The more of an effort your business has made to embrace the cloud, the easier it is to run your business from any device in an emergency.
Rather than attempting to completely replicate your desktop workflows on a handheld device, a better approach is to think about exactly what you’ll need to access quickly in an emergency and what can wait. It’s important to put your emergency plan to the test before you actually need it, to ensure you haven’t overlooked something vital.
On the flip side, working in the cloud also ensures your data is safe and sound should disaster befall your iPad. The thought of a lost or damaged tablet is bad enough without the fear of lost productivity and perhaps losing irreplaceable business data.
Don’t wait until disaster strikes to figure out how your business will respond. Consider now how to use an iPad as the foundation of your business continuity plan to help you keep the lights on when disaster strikes.
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