You have insurance to protect your restaurant from theft and damage. The equipment in your restaurant—kitchen appliances, furniture, computers—is probably covered too. But what about the information stored in your point of sale system?
If your computer is damaged or stolen, it will more than likely be replaced by your insurance company. But the information on that computer may be irreplaceable. How hard would it be for your business to recover from the loss of your customer database, sales history, and menu files?
There is a way to protect that information. A regular data backup is like an insurance policy for your important store information. Some POS systems back up your data from one computer to another throughout the day to ensure that a hardware failure won’t leave you hanging. But even in that case, you need to consider an offsite backup in case of fire, water damage, or theft.
Do you have a backup strategy? If you haven’t thought about backing up your data before now, you’re not alone. Most people don’t think about it until it’s too late. So why do so few of us practice data backup routinely?
Two of the most common reasons people give (and they may sound familiar) are not having the time, and not knowing how.
Ask your point of sale provider about the best options for backing up your POS data.
Posted on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 @ 08:08 AM.
Updated on April 30, 2020 @ 6:24 PM PST.
Posted by Tricia Hoy| Author's website