Would your disaster recovery plan support your business during an actual disaster or unexpected event? Creating a sustainable and manageable disaster recovery plan is key to ensuring that your business is protected and can recover when the unexpected occurs.
Keeping your disaster recovery plans up to date as your business evolves and IT infrastructure changes can be overwhelming considering today’s pace of change. It requires focus and a commitment to making it a priority. By understanding what’s important to your business, testing your plans regularly, and making disaster recovery a normal part of your organizational rhythm you will be able to create a sustainable and manageable disaster recovery strategy that keeps up with the pace of your business.
Identifying What’s Most Important
A solid disaster recovery plan is based on understanding what is most critical to the business. Without this fundamental understanding, your disaster recovery plan is certain to fall below expectations in the event of a business disruption. Taking the time to perform a business continuity assessment or impact analysis provides an objective approach to establishing what is most important in the event of a business disruption. This is especially true if you are just kicking off your recovery planning efforts. But if you already have recovery plans in place, going through regular reviews to re-evaluate priorities and gain agreement will help to uncover any misalignment between business need and existing disaster recovery plans. Armed with the understanding of what is most critical to the organization, the appropriate technical solutions can follow that enable the business to meet its data recovery objectives.
Regular Testing of the Plan
Testing your organization’s continuity and disaster recovery plans are critical to keeping the plans up to date and viable. However, lacking funds, time, and resources force this exercise to fall by the wayside. The testing exercise must be an activity recognized as a priority and mandatory across your organization. Regular testing of your organization’s recovery plans allows you to find vulnerabilities and potential areas of risk you wouldn’t otherwise uncover. Just as important as completing the test is the process of documenting the results and findings so identified risks/gaps can be communicated and mitigated. Testing should not be considered an event but a regularly scheduled exercise, semi-annually preferably, with dates scheduled well in advance with both business and IT resources identified to participate.
Build Disaster Recovery into Your Organization
The most effective way to keep your disaster recovery plan manageable and sustainable is to build disaster recovery into your organization. This means establishing roles that are responsible and accountable for carrying out disaster recovery related tasks and processes. In the early stages of your continuity and recovery strategy, it’s often helpful to initiate a joint business and IT Steering Committee to provide the right level of focus and priority to the effort.
Incorporating disaster recovery as criteria in relevant processes will also help to ensure that information important to the plan are captured. For example, as new IT services are implemented, design and system requirements should include data recovery objectives based on business priority. IT change management processes should feed information back to disaster recovery as the IT infrastructure landscape changes. These steps will help keep disaster recovery plans up to date as the world of business evolves. Making Disaster Recovery part of the organizational norm ensures its importance to the organization and your readiness to respond in the event of a business disruption.
Disaster Recovery Challenges Solved with Tsource
Tsource has been helping our commercial and government clients in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. maximize their potential, right-size their infrastructure, and achieve their business and technology goals since 2003. Whatever your business technology goals are, we are passionate about listening to our customers to provide them with responsive and results-driven solutions. Our mission is to help our clients accomplish more with less by taking advantage of cutting-edge ideas and powerful new technologies and delivering the highest quality, best-value solutions to achieve our clients’ goals and missions. Our core services include management consulting, technical infrastructure, and software engineering. If you are interested in working with us, contact us online or give us a call at 410-970-6669.