Not all data backup or disaster recovery plans are created equal. Indeed, total disaster avoidance is incomplete without true business continuity planning in place. Many companies these days are getting by with only a disaster recovery plan (DRP), and are leaving out a full business continuity plan (BCP) and the “business survival assurance” that goes along with it, which means you’re only halfway there in meeting your total continuity requirements for remaining afloat following a disaster.
In helping our current (and prospective) clients respond to their business continuity planning needs, we take disaster recovery services to a place that growing companies can appreciate, and which keeps them not only open for business following a flood, fire, power outage, or other unforeseen eventuality, but thriving.
For us, business continuity management isn’t just about recovering data or disaster recovery itself – it’s having a congruency of IT systems and a workable post-disaster contingency plan up and running precisely when you need it. And, since we’ve aligned our business IT goals with our clients and fellow (small business owners), we can all agree on what works – and, what doesn’t.
As we’re fond of informing our prospective customers, you can have multiple forms of data backup going, and have an IT company who can recover a hard drive or do a server backup in an ongoing way, but if a tornado, fire, or flood were to hit your brick-and-mortar business – you don’t truly have what could be called a real business continuity policy in place.
The difference between a disaster recovery plan and a business continuity plan, then, involves some fundamental strategic differences. And although they appear to be one and the same for many business owners, not knowing the difference – and failing to remedy that by having both elements of continuity in play – could be devastating.
As laid out in our SSE Network Services business continuity checklist, there are six main steps involved in the BC planning process:
- You must first identify the scope of the plan
- Then, identify key business areas, followed by
- Identifying critical functions
- Identifying dependencies between various business areas and functions
- Determining acceptable downtime for each key function
- And, finally, creating a plan to maintain operations through any adversity.
Download Our E-Book and Be On Your Way to a Real Continuity Strategy
Don’t wait another day while your business survival hangs in the balance – download our e-book (and review the BC planning checklist) – and begin setting the groundwork for a flexible business continuity plan today. If you have any questions, and to get the managed IT support you’ll need to make sure your continuity strategy is viable, call one of our helpful IT consultants at 314.439.4700, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.