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Friday, 17 February 2017 20:30

You Want Me to Do What?


One of the challenges I have seen over my 30 years in the business continuity industry is for people charged with executing DR or BC plans to accept and execute the plans in the format they are written. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the area of IT disaster recovery plans. Now let me clarify what I mean by “format.” I don’t mean that the procedures and steps in the plan are incorrect or that, if executed as written, wouldn’t result in a correct recovery. Whether the plan is developed in a software product designed for DR plans, developed in Microsoft Word or even hand written, I am not talking about the specific content of the plan. I am referring to how readily the professionals in IT – the data center staff, service desk, scheduling people -- will execute a plan that is “presented” in a format with which