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).
That’s big news for us at the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council. It’s our mission to raise awareness of the need for BC/DR planning and help IT professionals to benchmark their current DR practices and implement ways to improve DR planning and recovery in the event of an outage or disaster.
So, given the results of the Tech Target report, you need to ask yourself where BD/DR falls on your list of priorities this year. Maybe you’ve got a formal plan and a budget for BC/DR but many companies still do not. That doesn’t mean you can’t start to develop and/or improve your business continuity strategy today.
That’s because there are things you can do right now—without incurring any out of pocket expense—to improve your BC/DR planning.
- Take the online DR Benchmark survey that feeds into the 2014 Annual Report on the State of Disaster Recovery. The survey takes about 15 minutes and gives you an immediate letter grade (A through F) so you’ll know immediately where you stand on IT preparedness compared to hundreds of organizations worldwide.
- Download your free copy of the 2014 annual report today. This eye-opening report gives you a guide to how others are using best practices for disaster preparedness — and help you make the case with your CEO and finance team for the funding you need both to put a sound DR plan in place and see that staff members are trained for action in case of a threat.
- Check out a free trial of PHD Virtual Reliable DR. It enables you to affordably test your recovery capabilities every week, every day or every hour if you want—a breakthrough in DR planning and preparedness that delivers a measure of confidence in recovery unheard of until now.
If it’s not there already, it’s time to push BC/DR planning and preparedness to the top of your To-Do-List in 2014. We’re there to help you get going and build a workable, affordable business continuity strategy and plan.