Continuing after a disaster

Why Plan?

There is no doubt that business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are two overlapping terms in organizational planning. Both terms are processes that assist organizations to prepare for the unthinkable. Whether it is disruptive events—whether human-made or natural such as a hurricane, earthquake or power outage caused by something unforeseen.

However, it appears that BCDR planning is frequently overlooked or negligently procrastinated when organizations draw up their annual plans. This is evident in the testimonies of some employees who believed that their organization has little or no ability to recover quickly from a disaster.

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So, what is the primary reason why organizations often neglect to incorporate the concept of BCDR planning in their day-to-day operations?

 A primary reason why organizations fail to integrate BCDR planning

The primary reason why some organizations fail to integrate BCDR planning into their everyday operations is due to the cost of implementation. The fact is that BCDR planning can be expensive and there is no guarantee for immediate or quick return on investment. The process is similar to buying an insurance policy; that is, investing in something you hope you hope you’ll never need.

Notwithstanding, it doesn’t have to be that way, and BCDR should be considered of utmost importance.

3 Reasons why to integrate BCDR planning into your organization’s operations:

Secure and ensure continuous access for employees

Business continuity and disaster recovery planning are proactive steps aimed at avoiding and mitigating risks associated with disruption of business operations. Bear in mind that the best-laid plans won’t stop disasters from happening (especially natural disasters like hurricane,) but the impact that would have been devastating on productivity and revenue if your employees or customers can no longer gain access to critical business data and applications can be taken care of by BCDR planning.

Most contemporary BCDR planning offers the ability to run applications and access data from backup instances of virtual servers. Such plans allow users to continue operations while primary servers (or original business location) are being restored. Choosing such BCDR planning reduces downtime cost and makes good business sense.

Something better than just backup

There is hardly any business today that doesn’t have one form of backup. However, what happens if a mighty flood like hurricane Katrina wipes off your primary and backup data? A proper BCDR planning entails that businesses should consider sending a copy of data offsite for immediate recovery when disaster strikes. Traditionally, this meant sending tapes to a secondary location or some vaults. However, advanced BCDR planning has made it possible to secure and recover data backup from virtual servers and Cloud hosting. Every business needs backup and continuity.

Business continuity is a must

Having constant access to data is very essential, especially for your customers or clients. It means you need to evaluate your business ability to restore IT operations and ensure continuity. Therefore, a proper BCDR planning considers a business impact analysis or risk assessment which will reveal any weaknesses in an organization’s ability to continue operations that exceed IT use.

Final Thought

Business continuity and disaster recovery are highly essential for the success of any business, regardless of profit motive. Here are a couple of sites to find ideas for planning: https://www.ready.gov/business/implementation/continuity and https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/89510

Linda Rawson is the CEO, and Founder of DynaGrace Enterprises, (http://DynaGrace.com) which is a Women-Owned, 8(a) Minority, Small Business. She is also the author of The Minority and Women-Owned Small Business Guide to Government Contracts.

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