If knowledge is power, then what happens when the power goes out?
Forward-thinking business centers are putting in place business continuity services so that their tenants don’t miss a beat – and so they can attract new tenants in the face of outages from man-made or natural disasters.
Let’s face it, changing working patterns, the global economic downturn, social unrest and other disruptions, combined with regulatory pressures and governance frameworks, has placed resilience at the top of the business agenda. Companies are under more pressure than ever to ensure they can return to business as usual as quickly as possible and staff productivity is a vital part of the solution.
Of course, making business continuity services available to your tenants doesn’t always mean you need to invest thousands in infrastructure costs to get the job done – or that you have to make the total investment. Strategic partnerships can offer a solution that meets the business continuity needs of business centers and their tenants.
Regus is looking to lead the charge in the industry’s business continuity services front through a partnership with SunGard Availability Services, an information availability and business continuity services provider. Regus tenants can now access SunGard’s multi-layered Workplace Recovery solutions at nearly 1,300 business centers in more than 55 cities in 97 countries. SunGard is managing the contract with Regus tenants. Presumably, Regus is getting a piece of the action.
“We’re delighted to be partnering with SunGard: Key players in the information availability market,” says Mark Dixon CEO, Regus. “More than a million people rely on Regus every day – to work, to meet, to collaborate, to do business. Such is the breadth and depth of our global network of business center locations that we are in a position to complement SunGard’s workplace recovery experience on a truly global scale.”
Here’s how it works: SunGard’s Workplace Restart service provides clusters of business centers a recovery suite in which to recover at times of disaster. Recovery suites are equipped with desks and phones, offering Internet bandwidth, as well as access to fax machines and copiers, along with the availability of business lounges, meeting rooms and fully equipped conference facilities on a pay-as-you-need basis.
“In every sector, downtime can be hugely damaging so being able to remain up and running, no matter what, is a must,” says Keith Tilley, managing director of the UK and executive vice president of Europe for SunGard Availability Services. “With businesses increasingly looking to take advantage of opportunities in emerging markets we are seeing greater need for global recovery solutions.”