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Analyzing RTO for Outsourced Capabilities

Written by  J. FRANK LADY III

When organizations decide to outsource a critical service, business continuity (BC) leaders must increase vigilance over third-party contractual obligations related to recovery. Recovery time objective (RTO), one of the most commonly-used terms in our profession, can take on dramatically different shades of meaning, depending on the broader context in which it is established. In fact the RTO of a plan, in the absence of additional information, is not particularly enlightening. Identifying the RTO for a “capability” (inclusive term for business function or technology application) rightfully holds a prominent place in the planning process. Other aspects require clarification, to understand RTO in its proper perspective. This article addresses key additional considerations which must be uncovered when evaluating outsourced RTO agreements. What minimum planning radius (MPR) applies to the RTO? The MPR “defines the geographic size of an event” which an organization has decided that the plan must address. The MPR typically should