Here’s a broken record: Increasing IT complexity is making your job more and more challenging. While new technologies, added devices and virtualized systems are making leaps and bounds in terms of the possibilities for business, IT resources to manage and protect your data and systems can sometimes lag a step or two behind. And the cost of downtime is enormous.
Nowhere is that more true than in the realm of disaster recovery (DR). No doubt your organization already has some sort of plan in place. You’ve likely been backing up your data for years. But when was the last time you really looked at your strategy? Does it still meet the organization’s business needs for uptime and service to customers? Does it apply to all systems, devices and remote work configurations?
True, it can be difficult to get executives attention when it comes to something intangible like DR — that is, until disaster strikes and the organization suffers data loss or significant downtime. This misalignment between IT and business gives rise to a tremendous opportunity for you as an IT professional. You are already a jack of all trades — an expert in multiple domains. You are uniquely positioned to recognize the gaps in your current DR plan and identify solutions. You are equipped to apply the tools and techniques needed to mitigate risks and position the company to thrive.
Today, IT pros who can apply their knowledge in technology and also think like business leaders will be more likely to advance and realize success in their careers. When you consider the stakes involved, it’s clear that, despite not increasing top-line revenue or reducing cost, disaster recovery is absolutely essential to the business. To make your key stakeholders aware of the urgency of DR requires the perfect combination of technological prowess and business-leader thinking. That’s where you come in.
- Demonstrate the value that DR brings to the business by calculating how much a disaster would cost your company if one were to occur.
- Define technical terminology for your execs so that your points are made crystal clear.
- Illustrate how true business continuity includes not only modern virtualization technologies but also a solid disaster recovery plan.
Check out this e-book for more tips on how to organize your thoughts, ask the right questions and develop the right strategy to begin building a business-centric DR plan.