Are your vendors backing up your data?

One of my favorite aphorisms in data management is “There are those who backup, and those who will.”

Once you’ve had one catastrophe with a missing or corrupt backup, you’ll never forget about backing up again.

Or will you?

More and more, data systems are being hosted by third-party vendors. And part of that service is periodic backups of your data. But have you ever checked with your vendor(s) to ensure the data is actually being backed up? Ask your vendor(s) to prove they are backing up your data.

So maybe we need a new mantra: “There are those who check on their vendor backups, and those who will.”

About Wes Trochlil

For a quarter century, Wes has worked in and with dozens of associations and membership organizations throughout the US, ranging in size from zero staff (all-volunteer) to over 700. In that time Wes has provided a range of consulting services, from general consulting on data management issues to full-scale, association-wide selection and implementation of association management systems.

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