November 09, 2009
Altura Offers Business Continuity Plan due to H1N1 Flu Threat
By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor
Fullerton, Calif.-based Altura Communication Solutions reportedly said that it’s preparing businesses to maintain critical customer communications functions in the wake of the H1N1 Flu threat.
It’s now the right time to prepare a business continuity plan as more than 5.7 million people have already reported flu like symptoms, company officials said.
“Even employers in communities that have not yet felt effects from 2009 H1N1 influenza should plan for an influenza outbreak this fall and winter, and be ready to implement strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations,” according to some of the CDC Preparedness and Response Recommendations regarding the 2009 H1N1 / influenza season for business.
According to the excerpt, public health officials suggest a variety of methods for increasing the physical distance between people -- called social distancing -- to reduce the spread of disease, such as spacing workers farther apart in the workplace, moving work to other less affected locations. The officials may also recommend work-from-home strategies for workers that can conduct their business remotely.
The company’s customers are concerned about the H1N1 Flu epidemic effect on their work force, said Bob Blazek, president and CEO at Altura, adding that the company recognizes that having a plan in place right now for resources such as agents, supervisors, trainers, and management to be able to operate makes good business sense.
“The ability to remotely connect and do their work from their homes/remote offices is critical for businesses hit with the impact of H1N1,” Blazek said in a statement.
Altura sells and services a variety of products, including voice over Internet protocol switching systems, unified communication systems, contact centers, multi media conferencing systems, network system management tools, data switching and routing products.
In other news, Extreme Networks (News - Alert) recently elevated Altura to a national partner status due to the commitment and momentum the company has demonstrated since originally joining the Extreme Networks North American Channel program.
Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Amy Tierney