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An 8 page paper examining three small businesses – a deli, a walk-in medical clinic and an auto body repair shop – with no disaster contingency plans to determine potential solutions for their lack of disaster recovery plans in terms of IT only. Options discussed range from self-installation of RAID cards in each computer to the purchase of a $99,000 automated backup system from NEC. Bibliography lists 7 sources in 15 footnotes.
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recovery is an issue to which large businesses often devote an entire department. In a small business, however, it is likely to go unheeded as owners strive to complete
merely their daily tasks. With 180 locations and more than 900 registered representatives, GunnAllen Financial is not a small business in terms of revenue. It is in terms
of the size of each location and responsibility for contingency planning, however. Based in Florida, GunnAllen Financial emerged at the end of the 2004 hurricane season without any loss
of corporate data or service to clients. GunnAllen Financial GunnAllen Financial is "a Tampa-based full service brokerage and investment firm" (Hurricane Charley, 2004;
p. NA) that has been in business in since 1986. The company describes itself as "one of the most progressive broker-dealer firms in the country with more than 800
independent financial advisors around the U.S. and over 200 support staff in our Tampa, Florida headquarters" (About GunnAllen Financial, n.d.). "Financial Planning Magazine
ranked GunnAllen as the Fastest Growing Independent Broker/Dealer in the country" (Hurricane Charley, 2004; p. NA). As a private company, GunnAllen is not required to report financial results.
It can be assumed that the company qualifies as a mid-sized one, however, given the number of employees at its headquarters locations in Tampa. All business is dependent on
its information systems in todays business environment, but to a financial planning and brokerage business IT systems and data are critical. "Make or Buy"
Every company developing contingency plans must decide at the outset whether it will develop and maintain its own contingency systems or outsource that function to another company. GunnAllen