Hopefully, you didn’t just picture the guys from Saturday Night Live with a couple of old school tape backups in their hands.
We all know that catastrophe strikes when we least expect it. Unfortunately, in some cases, we start thinking about checking for backups after the catastrophe happens.
You may be aware that part of our SP-1 by SelbySoft solution is a daily cloud based backup. We consider that step 1 of your backup solution. Step 2 is the store level backup. Why store level? Because it is possible for any cloud based backup to fail. What if your Internet provider goes down? Even something as simple as a cable coming loose or an employee accidentally stopping the service that does the backup can mean your backup is not happening.
In order to be completely protected, you should be performing a local backup to a CD, DVD or USB drive daily. Further, make sure you take that backup offsite occasionally. Backups don’t do any good if they are in the store when that catastrophe happens.
Need help setting up a local backup? Let us know and we can help you get it going.
2013 is almost upon us! Let’s take a look at three end of the year tips for SP-1.
1) Make an offsite backup of your data today. Yes, if you are on a support plan with SelbySoft we backup your data nightly. It still makes sense to have a complete backup of your data available on a USB drive or stored on a computer at home or the office just in case. It is not difficult to do and our support department is here to help.
2) Review your menu sales. Take a minute and run your Business Summary report so you can look at how effective your menu item sales are. This is are great way to check and see if you need to rework the menu!
3) Check your timekeeping audit. SP-1 records an audit log every time employee hours are changed in the master files section of SP-1.
Call us if you need more information!
Backups, Backups, Backups (You Can’t Say It Enough)!
Be honest, you don’t backup regularly do you? We know it’s tough to admit out loud but experience shows that most of you don’t run your backups. To those of you who do, kudos and a question – when is the last time you checked it??
Customer opens DVD-RW drive and in place of a backup disk – a music cd.
Customer goes to restore a backup and finds that the disk was full a year ago!
Tech asks customer about backup. Customer responds with – what does that mean?
When asked about backups, customer responds with “we do one every year”!
These are real world scenarios that our support department addresses every day. These don’t even include the people that have fires (yes it happens), hurricanes (sand and water do not help computers), employees that damage machines (employee quits and kicks the machine over), theft (people steal the whole computer), and so on. And we all know that when you need the backup – you really need it! It’s much easier to convince your insurance company with copies of all your sales history readily accessible.
Remember – Backup, Backup, Backup! And if you have any questions. . . Call us.