*By Rennan Sanchez

Amid the rainy seasons, IT professionals face a silent but impactful challenge: the battle against the elements that threaten companies' infrastructure and data. We often find ourselves so immersed in daily demands that we ignore the risks associated with rainy periods, putting the technological resilience and operational continuity of organizations at risk.

The IT leader is often the invisible guardian, facing not only the complexity of systems, but also climate adversities that can turn into real nightmares. It is crucial to reflect on the type of leadership exercised in these moments: reactive, waiting for problems to manifest themselves, or proactive, taking preventive measures before the storm breaks.

Technological resilience emerges as a priority in rainy times. The vulnerability of IT infrastructure to power outages and damage caused by lightning can compromise the integrity of systems. This is where the importance of understanding the nuances between types of infrastructure is revealed, highlighting the robustness of public solutions, supported by constant investments and multiple layers of guarantee and continuity.

To face this challenging scenario, it is also necessary to adopt more effective backup and data recovery strategies. Constant review of these strategies ensures that critical information is protected and readily available in times of unexpected failures.

Furthermore, protection against surges and lightning becomes imperative. Investing in electrical protection systems and considering alternative energy sources, such as generators, are actions that can ensure the continuity of operations, even during prolonged blackouts.

Preventive maintenance of physical infrastructure is a crucial pillar to face intense rains, which seem to become more frequent every year. Reviewing the conditions of the locations where the equipment is installed, far from dangers, such as floods and infiltrations, is vital to preserve the integrity of technological assets.

To support our concerns, it is essential to consider concrete data that demonstrate the impacts of climate conditions. According to a survey by the National Confederation of Municipalities, in 2023, approximately 5.8 million Brazilians were directly affected by climate events, which involve intense rains and droughts, revealing the magnitude of the challenges faced by the population.

Furthermore, in the same year, Brazil recorded significant economic losses resulting from storms and long periods of drought, totaling more than R$ 50.5 billion, according to data also provided by the National Confederation of Municipalities. These numbers highlight not only the magnitude of weather events, but also the relevance of a proactive approach by IT leaders to mitigate potential impacts on their operations during rainy times.

When considering these issues, the need to carefully choose suppliers and thoroughly evaluate the equipment used becomes evident. Acquisition based exclusively on cost criteria can result in substantial losses in the long term. Therefore, it is vital to adopt an investment perspective that goes beyond financial immediacy. Choosing partners and companies committed to long-term sustainability is a smart strategy, especially considering the complex and expensive changes involving climate issues.

By choosing suppliers that seek to not only provide solutions, but also strive for continuous improvements and upgrades, organizations position themselves to address climate challenges more effectively. We are facing difficult and impactful changes, both financially and temporally, and having partners who share a long-term vision can be the key to the durability and efficiency of technological operations. Constant evolution not only in terms of equipment, but also in processes, must be a primary criterion in partner selection, ensuring that the solutions acquired are always aligned with the demands of the constantly changing business environment.

The future of technology is shaped by the decisions of the present, and prevention is the key to maintaining efficiency even in the most challenging times.

*Rennan Sanchez is CTO at Skyone, a leading company providing technological solutions designed to simplify and enhance business productivity.

Notice: The opinion presented in this article is the responsibility of its author and not of ABES - Brazilian Association of Software Companies

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