Written by: Daniel Haurey on 03/08/20

NJ Gov Phil Murphy Talks About Coronavirus

The CDC now reports over 164 cases of Coronavirus here in the US.  As of Friday, there were four positive cases in New Jersey — three in Bergen County and one in Camden County.  Today, New York State reported over 100 positive cases.

Since many of us are now seeing an impact on our daily lives, we thought it might be helpful to nudge our customers into thinking about, updating or formulating business contingency and continuity plans that may be helpful if certain conditions come to bear.  As your trusted advisor, we would suggest that you begin to consider some “what if” scenarios.  For example:

  • Severe travel restrictions or bans
  • Employees not able, or not willing to come to work
  • Involuntary office closures
  • Supply chain disruptions
  • The implication of force majeure provisions in contracts
  • Significant fluctuations in revenue

Questions you may ask yourself are:

  • Do we have a means for all our employees to work productively from home?
  • Do we have enough software licenses for telecommuting purposes?
  • Are our employees equipped with the right equipment at their homes to do their jobs?
  • Is our telephone system ready for these scenarios?
  • Are our Internet connections robust enough for a large spike in remote access?

While we remain very optimistic about our state and federal government’s ability to bring this situation under control in short order, no one can predict with certainty what will happen or the extent to which commerce will be affected by the virus.  For example, as of this writing, at least two local New Jersey school districts are closing on Monday 3/9 and another is sending students home early.

Our customer’s businesses are unique as the people that own and manage them.  It is our pleasure to engage you in a conversation about technology preparedness in the wake of this challenge.  Please don’t hesitate to call us, or simply email [email protected] to discuss any concerns you might have.  Thank you.

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