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I saw an encouraging sign the other day in a Tech Target 2014 Market Intelligence report. It provided a list of the top IT projects for this year based on a survey of IT professionals. Number one of the list was server virtualization. And number two? Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery (BC/DR). The question is, where is BC/DR on your priority list?
As people around the globe were taking the World Backup Day pledge last week, I was presenting at Spring World 2014, the world’s largest BC/DR conference. As I reported, the vast majority of organizations are NOT prepared to respond to intentional or accidental threats to IT systems.
How do we convince upper management to fund disaster recovery? Getting the executive team on your side is a foundational step toward developing and implementing a sound DR plan. Like most things in life, I think communications is key — both what you say and how you say it.
“If you’re not paranoid, you’re not paying attention.” It’s an old joke, but one that rings true as I finish my presentation for this Wednesday’s online webinar with The Disaster Recovery Journal. Here are just three of the danger signals from the 2014 Annual Report on the State of Disaster Recovery Preparedness that I’ll describe during the webinar.
One of the most important lessons from the 2014 Annual Report on the State of Disaster Recovery Preparedness from the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council involves a commitment to taking action—and not accepting the status quo. Based on hundreds of responses from organizations worldwide, the Annual Report offers a few key suggestions for implementing DR best practices so that companies can be much better prepared to recover from outages or disasters.
Building a DR plan with detailed objectives and then following through by testing those objectives with planned failures enables an organization to practice their Disaster Recovery Plan and make refinements to improve it. These organizations not only scored well in our benchmark survey, they achieve true confidence in their DR preparedness.
This week I examine why some companies appear to be doing much better at preparing for outages by implementing more detailed DR plans. Results from the survey indicate that the characteristics of a good DR plan are much more than lists of emergency phone numbers built into call trees. Top scoring organizations on the landmark DR Preparedness survey, for example, fully document their disaster recovery plans.
Based on DR Preparedness Countil research, some companies seem to be doing much better at preparing for outages and they exhibit certain traits that distinguish them from others who are not doing so well. Here are a few examples of what companies are doing right.
In this blog I want to focus on the lack of DR planning by most organizations indicated in the benchmark survey results. It is this lack of preparation that impedes more rapid recovery from outages and costs businesses worldwide millions of dollars in lost revenues and damaged reputations every year.