SaaS Tattler Issue 101: What's The Best Way to Handle Software Outages?
Stuff happens. It's unfortunate, and it's hard for everyone. Sometimes it's your fault, sometimes it isn't. Either way, it sucks.
There are some best practices you should learn now, while your software is up and running, to help you deal with those high-pressure, stressful situations when they happen. While the Engineering team is hard at work trying to get the system back up, Customer Success is the one who has to save face and mitigate the damages the outage will cause on customer relationships and retention.
“The irony is that the more passionate and urgent the reaction to your outage is – probably – is an indication of how important your SaaS app is to your customers.” In this blog post, Customer Success thought leader Lincoln Murphy attempts to answer the broad question “what should we do when our application goes down” from a Customer Success point of view.
The reaction depends not so much on the amount of time of the outage… but the impact
Mikita Mikado, CEO of PandaDoc, says it as it is: “as a SaaS Company, a big part of the user experience (…) is keeping our software up and running 24/7”. But sometimes, the inevitable happens (looking at you AWS) and in that case, it’s better to be prepared. Here are some useful tips to always be “ready” for a cloud outage.
It is very difficult to respond to on outage in real-time if you don’t have a plan B or C already in place
Looking at the effect that the 2011 Amazon Cloud Outage had on Netflix, HubSpot put together this helpful 7-step playbook for using social media for crisis communication and management. Using a public platform such as social media can sometimes be the best way to “make the most” out of an outage (crazy, right?).
The more frequently you can update those affected (...), the less time they'll have to stew on the issue.
Outages highlight unknown system flaws and it’s important to tell your users that the hole no longer exists
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Mathilde is a Digital Marketing Analyst at Amity. After moving from France to complete a degree in Political Science from McGill University, she decided to settle in Toronto in order to pursue her passion for Marketing and Tech.More Content by Mathilde Augustin