Your business may be fast growing and establishing itself as a sustainable organization, but to collectively overlook the need of an IT Business Continuity Plan is naive. The importance of a proper contingency or continuity plan for your IT to perform smoothly is high and should rank high in the ‘things-to-do’ list of every single organization.
Now what is a Business Continuity Plan? A BCP is a framework or a strategy devised to bring your business on track in case some unforeseen incident takes place through natural causes or man made one.
The magnitude of the effect that can happen may vary depending on the level of the disaster that has occurred. Critical technology is composed of multiple facets which include various software, applications, data base etc which helps in the daily seamless functioning of the organization. Technology does not only facilitate easy functioning but affects the productivity of the organization to a great effect.
So what if one of these critical processes goes offline or the server crashes? The management’s responsibility is to gauge the far reaching effects that such an incident might have on the business, well in advance to derive a pro-active contingency plan. That is your IT business continuity plan to be precise, to ensure you get those processes online, data available and employees working again every time such a situation presents itself.
Now how can one possibly ensure that? The data, which is perhaps the most valuable asset for any organization, needs to be backed up in a different location so to be well guarded against force major events. All the client information, vendor information, finance records, employee details, critical reports etc should be backed up in a separate location.
Moreover, a disaster recovery plan must be in place. With plenty of data center service providers offering DR as a service, with state of the art facilities and highly skilled technical personnel, having your entire IT system guarded against a disaster is not a difficult task. However, choosing the right provider is where the challenge lies. A lot of thorough research needs to be done on the service provider, their facilities before taking the final call on the same. But it is only advisable, that you do not prioritize the commercial aspect of the same as that may turn out to be quite a bad decision for you in the end.Tags: