Does your organization have a Salesforce disaster recovery plan? The majority of organizations don’t, and they also don’t think about having one until they’re suffering from the consequences of data loss. So, what’s the true cost of not having a plan? How will your business be impacted in the event of data loss? These are the questions we’ll answer in this post. Keep reading to discover how your business is at risk without a Salesforce disaster recovery plan.
Salesforce Disaster Recovery + Weekly Export
Before we jump into what will happen without a plan for data backup, we’re going to answer another common question: is Salesforce weekly backup enough? The short answer is no. It’s time-consuming, doesn’t cover all your data and you only have a 48-hour window to save each weekly export file. If you want to know more about issues with the weekly export service, you can check out another post where we discussed this topic by clicking here.
Next, we’ll cover some of the consequences your business may face without a Salesforce disaster recovery plan.
Complete Data Loss
Obviously, when we discuss Salesforce Disaster recovery, the main concern is data loss. However, even if you use a recovery solution after the fact, there may be some data that you simply won’t be able to recover. Metadata is a good example of this. The Salesforce data recovery service doesn’t include metadata. It can also only recover three months worth of data. Even Salesforce itself only recommends this service as a last resort:
“This service requires significant time and resources so there is an additional fee involved. It is recommended only has a last resort, and when restoring large quantities of data.”
If Salesforce itself doesn’t recommend this service in most cases, it probably isn’t the right choice for your business.
There are only so many hours in a day, do you really want your team to spend them trying to recover and organize data? Without a Salesforce disaster recovery solution, it can take days, or even weeks to get your data back. Even worse, once you get that data back, there’s still more to do. Using the Salesforce recovery option, your team would still be responsible for importing all that data back into Salesforce.
When you’re thinking about whether or not to implement a Salesforce disaster recovery plan consider this: in the event of data loss, how much time could your team potentially lose? Where could that time be better spent? The reality is that even if your business is able to recover without a plan, your team won’t get that time back. Having a plan in place ensures that no matter what happens, your data is safe and your team won’t have to put tasks on hold to get those files back.
As we’ve mentioned in a previous post, data loss is expensive without a plan. We’ve talked about some of the costs associated with data loss before. However, the one that comes with one of the biggest price tags is Salesforce’s own recovery service. This alone will cost your business $10,000. So, while having a Salesforce disaster recovery plan may seem like an expense you don’t want to take on, it’s really an investment to protect your data and avoid high fees like this one down the road.
Business Continuity Issues
If you’re concerned about dips in productivity and the extra expenses, we have some bad news. Without a Salesforce disaster recovery plan, you’re putting more than productivity and a large fee on the line. Depending on the state of your business and how much data is lost, there may be parts of your operation that can’t continue at all until data is recovered. How will you serve your customers or clients? How will your business operate in the face of this loss? This is an often forgotten but very real cost of not having a Salesforce disaster recovery plan. These types of disasters don’t just impact your business internally. They can also damage your reputation and impact you long term.
Complete Business Failure
This may sound extreme, but if you lack a data loss recovery plan, your entire business could be at risk. In fact, many small businesses that experience data loss go out of business in less than one year. The truth is that many businesses are concerned about data loss but only a fraction of those are actually putting plans in place to deal with disaster recovery. If you ask us, a Salesforce disaster recovery plan is worth it, if it means that it could be what stands between you and the failure of your business.
Need a Salesforce Disaster Recovery Plan?
Feeling like you need a disaster recovery plan now? The good news is that losing Salesforce data is preventable with a solid disaster recovery strategy. Don’t wait until your business experiences a disaster to figure out how to deal with data loss. Having a plan is the difference between your business being back on track in days and thousands of dollars and many hours lost. Our Salesforce backup and recovery solution, Reflection Entreprise can help you prevent these issues. Here’s a look at some of the features you can expect when you choose Reflection for your organization:
- Automated synchronization between Salesforce.com and your database
- Automatic schema updates without dropping and rebuilding tables
- Platform agnostic – runs on Windows, or Linux
- Ability to run on cloud-based architecture on AWS and Azure
- Integrated error logging and reporting
- Built-in scheduler
- Simple UI to manage data synchronization logs and track runs
- Manage multiple configurations
- Complete or incremental download of Salesforce data
- Database to Salesforce data uploads
- Support for standard and custom objects including activities, attachments, articles, and more
Do you need your Salesforce data backed up in the cloud, or completely on-premise? Reflection Enterprise is proven to be an integral part of backup strategies worldwide. You can install our solution in just a few steps and if you need help, our support team is always one message away. You can request a demo or get started right now with a free trial.