Hurricane Preparedness for Business: Lessons learned from
Award-winning New Orleans Tech Company and HyperOffice
HyperOffice extends 60-day free trial to help businesses plan ahead to survive
disaster and data recovery
NEW ORLEANS, June 07, 2006 - It's Hurricane Season. Meteorologists forecast up to
16 named storms. Experts are warning small businesses to prepare an emergency plan
that can save lives, company assets - and the business.
Kerry W. Kirby, president of 365 Connect LLC, www.about365.com
, based in New
Orleans, is better prepared this year.
One month after Hurricane Katrina delivered the 'wake up call' that knocked his
business offline, Kirby took steps to protect and prepare 365 Connect from the next
First, Kirby deployed the company's software platform to several data centers located
across the U.S. This ensures 24x7 redundancy for the Internet-based products and
services that 365 Connect provides nationwide to multifamily communities with more
than 100 units. The platform includes online leasing and marketing tools for apartment
managers, as well as self-service tools with which residents may schedule repairs, pay
rent, buy insurance, reserve facilities, update a community calendar, and more.
Equally critical, Kirby created a way for 365 Connect to communicate and collaborate
from anywhere, anytime, by adopting HyperOffice, www.hyperoffice.com
software tools that make it easier for small-business owners, employees, clients, business
partners and suppliers to work together as a team, plan projects
, share and edit
, schedule meetings, and stay connected via email and any Web browser, from
any computer, anywhere, anytime.
'The irony is, we're a Web-based business,' said Kirby. 'We were already looking to the
Web for ways to ensure business continuity. We should have implemented something
sooner, but I've seen hurricanes come and go. Never in my life have I seen anything like
this. We were evacuated. We sat in traffic for 18 hours. People were scattered
everywhere. The business sat downtown, 28 stories in the air. We could not get to it. The
telephone infrastructure was ripped down. Three high-speed data lines were gone.'
Winner of the '2006 Innovator of the Year' award from New Orleans CityBusiness, 365
Connect worked with its clients to create a network of available housing for families
displaced by Katrina - even though Kirby and his seven employees were scattered, even
though armed National Guard troops prohibited anyone from entering the high-rise
offices of the company.
'I've watched other businesses struggle,' said Kirby. 'We're taking the data that is
critical to the survival or our business and moving it into HyperOffice - passcodes,
billing records, contact lists, online calendars
, contracts, price lists. HyperOffice is how we now
communicate and collaborate
, and how we will work if we are gone for an extended
period. No matter where we are, we can get our hands on our data. All we need is a
browser and an Internet connection to recover from any disaster, even if that disaster
closes the office for two months.'
To help companies plan for Hurricane Season, HyperOffice offers a 60-day free trial. Just
call 1-800-434-5136 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and mention this code:
About 365 Connect
365 Connect was founded in 2003 by a team of multifamily housing professionals with
extensive knowledge in real estate development, management and technology, 365
Connect is rapidly becoming a leader in web-based multifamily technology platforms,
geared to provide resident interaction with community managers. 365 Connect
specializes in servicing the multifamily industry with an array of web-based products that
create management efficiency, resident retention and leasing integration.
HyperOffice Inc. is a leading provider of hosted software services for small and medium sized
businesses. The company offers a simple and affordable suite of extranet and intranet software
applications that provide new and growing businesses essential tools to
collaborate, communicate, and manage information from any browser running on any
platform. HyperOffice delivers to small businesses today the power and productivity of
software that only the largest companies with mammoth IT budgets could afford --
business-class email without spam and viruses; document management
storage, versioning, user rights and workflow; contact management, scheduling, project
, discussion groups, security, backup, and more, designed for growing
companies -- companies with one to 500 employees, the companies that create more than
half the new jobs in the US each year. HyperOffice is run by an experienced team that
draws on their first-hand understanding of small business pressures and experience with
communication & online collaboration solutions
. First launched in 1998, HyperOffice is used
around the world by a growing number of innovative small businesses.
Kerry W. Kirby
365 Connect LLC
Agency contact for HyperOffice:
Technopolis Communications Inc.