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Off-Site Database Backup

February 15, 2007

© 2007 by Nick B. Nicholaou, all rights reserved
President, Ministry Business Services, Inc.
Reprinted from NACBA Ledger

One of the lessons we learned from recent disasters is how important it is to have a copy of your church database and accounting system backed up to an off-site location.  Storage alone isn’t enough for those important applications.  The off-site location needs to be able to run those applications and make them available to you and your team securely via the Internet.

In the case of a large-scale natural disaster like Katrina, church staffs evacuated in all directions.  It was imperative that they have access to their database and accounting system to continue processing contributions that came in, accounts payable, and payroll.  They also needed to interact with their congregations as best as possible.

Though this will cost more than mere storage, it is well worth it.  Ask any church that made it through a large-scale disaster.

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