Avoiding a Supply Chain Disaster: What You Need to Know
September 13, 2019
By Sungard AS
When it comes to avoiding the potential profit losses and pitfalls associated with natural disasters, power outages, cyberattacks, or other unforeseen disturbances, you cannot afford to be ill-prepared.
According to a Censuswide survey of 500 C-Suite respondents in U.S. companies with 500+ employees, 78% feel their customers are more likely to seek out a new supplier if they experience IT downtime, while nearly 79% believe a data breach will bring about the same result.
And it doesn't stop there.
Part of being prepared also means making sure that companies within your supply chain are taking the same measures. Per the survey, 81% of respondents agree that their customers will turn to a new supplier if part of their supply chain suffers operational downtime.
Companies are only as strong as their weakest link. So it makes sense that over 80% of respondents expect their customers to look to a new supplier if they don't have adisaster recovery (DR) planin place.
It's your responsibility to check that these organisations have DR and business continuity plans in place, that those plans aretestedregularly and that they've been properly communicated to their employees.
You might be ready for a disruption, but if members of your supply chain can't say the same, your DR plan will be as effective as a bunch of chickens running around with their heads cut off.