Building Your Business Continuity Plan

WHAT IS BUSINESS CONTINUITY?

Business continuity planning is performed by an organization to assure that their technology will remain 100% operational in the face of a man-made or natural disaster.

Whether a company offers professional services or produces multi-function widgets, they use technology to operate. The loss of technology at any time can impact business relationships and the company’s bottom line. In fact, in the past two years, over 50 percent of businesses experienced an unforeseen interruption, and the vast majority (81%) of these interruptions caused the business to close one or more days.

Business continuity planning addresses the potential for these situations in advance. With some careful pre-planning, businesses can remain profitable and effective even in the face of a man-made or natural disaster and any accompanying outages.

See this White Paper for a step-by-step road map on how and why to build a comprehensive Business Continuity  plan.

 

BridgePoint Technologies Announces its Strategic Partnership with XCLUTEL Communications

Strategic Alliance Delivers Managed Services, IT Solutions and Integrated Voice and Data Access Services to XCLUTEL and BridgePoint Customers

OAK BROOK, IL, March 19, 2013BridgePoint Technologies, a full service information technology consulting firm, today announces its business partnership with XCLUTEL Communications, a world-class provider of integrated managed telecom solutions.  The strategic alliance provides XCLUTEL customers with BridgePoint’s proven Managed Services and IT solutions, while offering BridgePoint clientele direct access to XCLUTEL’s integrated voice and data access solutions, as well as business telephone systems.

XCLUTEL’s voice and data solutions enable seamless, scalable communication and collaboration capabilities across multi-site, small and mid-size businesses.  BridgePoint’s comprehensive and reliable IT business solutions and managed services, combined with XCLUTEL’s business telephone systems and voice and data access solutions, provide customers value-added service assurance and a comprehensive product suite that fulfills the critical telecom and IT needs of their customers.

“BridgePoint’s IT solutions complement XCLUTEL’s portfolio of voice and data solutions.  Our managed services overlaid on XCLUTEL’s integrated business communication systems improve service delivery and performance,” says Michael Millhouse, President and CEO of BridgePoint Technologies. “This marks another extension of our existing strategic partner relationships, further fortifying our ability to deliver customers comprehensive solutions and support with best-in-class products and services from companies who are experts in their respective fields.  It is a win-win for both organizations as well as customer bases.”

“BridgePoint’s IT business solutions and managed service capabilities enable XCLUTEL to expand its services while fortifying clients’ mission-critical processes by providing 24/7 monitoring, maintenance and the service assurance they expect,” adds Scott Sinclair, CEO of XCLUTEL Communications. “Partnering with BridgePoint enables XCLUTEL to employ a more integrated approach to delivering our suite of holistic telecommunications solutions. Along with a similar customer base, XCLUTEL and BridgePoint also share a commitment to business ethics, product quality and dedication to client support, as well as a common focus on improving the overall customer experience.”

To learn more about BridgePoint’s comprehensive IT solutions, please visit www.mybridgepoint.com.

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About BridgePoint Technologies

BridgePoint Technologies delivers innovative, scalable business solutions to help its clients reduce costs, increase revenue and gain competitive advantage through technology.  The company works closely with clients to understand their unique business needs and develop a roadmap on how best to achieve those goals, helping customers achieve maximum ROI utilizing traditional and emerging technologies. BridgePoint has three strategic business units – IT Staffing, IT Business Solutions and Managed Services – that offer a full suite of IT solutions to its clients, including custom and mobile application development, SharePoint and Virtual Office.  For more information about BridgePoint Technologies, please visit www.mybridgepoint.com. Additional information about BridgePoint can be found on the company’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

About XCLUTEL Communications

XCLUTEL is a world-class provider of tailored telecom solutions for your business that are delivered and managed with valet service. XCLUTEL is a customer service-driven telecom solutions provider who delights its customers.  The complex and carefully crafted solutions the company provides allow customers to run their businesses at maximum efficiency by taking advantage of today’s technology with a partner to guide them every step of the way.  You take care of your passion; XCLUTEL will integrate and manage your tailored solutions.  For more information, visit www.xclutel.com.

Bandwidth for Today’s Business

By: Scott Sinclair

Today’s minimum bandwidth for businesses is 10Mbps versus yesterday’s 1.5Mbps, but don’t jump too fast to 10Mbps. Why? Because we are seeing a much more compelling, long term business case for making 20Mbps the new minimum bandwidth choice. As fast as businesses are realizing that their current 1.5Mbps T1 is obsolete, many others are realizing that 10Mbps is inadequate for cloud based software applications and servers. The 20Mbps option is normally only a few hundred dollars more than 10Mbps and it gives you much more headroom to make servers and applications cloud based without the bottlenecks.

Cable and DSL asynchronous high bandwidth options are not suitable for long term, high demand bandwidth needs. They may temporarily give you a reprieve over your current T1, but these products have serious upload issues. With cloud based applications, servers and hosted phone systems, you are only as good as your weakest link.

When you are shopping for more bandwidth consider the following:

  • Service Level Agreements (SLA’s)
  • Quality of Service (QoS) – Especially if using VoIP from site-to-site
  • Copper vs. Fiber
  • Cloud based computing options
  • Security and Private Network Architecture
  • Upload and Download bandwidth limitations

If you are currently bonding T1’s in order to get more guaranteed bandwidth, you are a candidate for 10 to 20Mbps of ethernet access. For more information visit us at xclutel.com