Testing Outside the Box
Step No. 4: Testing outside the box
Planning ahead is the most important step in handling business crisis situations. Downtime-whether it is a result of a power outage, hardware failure or human error-affects your IT infrastructure, your employees' productivity and the company's bottom line.
When developing a disaster recovery strategy, create as many different crisis scenarios as you can. Imagine walking through the recovery steps for each to make sure you aren't overlooking minor details that could cause major problems. It is essential for your company to develop and test your plan before it's needed; that way, the first time it's executed is not during an emergency.
BCP is something that organizations of all sizes and in all industries must take seriously. In order for a business to survive and recover from any type crisis-whether a flu outbreak, power failure or loss of data-preparedness is not only appropriate, it's essential. And it serves as another opportunity to reaffirm IT's value to the business.
By starting small and following a systematic approach to BCP, any business can take what appears to be an overwhelming task and turn it into an efficient and productive exercise.
Jim Lippie is President of Staples Network Services by Thrive Networks. He is responsible for guiding the company's overall business strategy. Before being named president in 2005, Jim served as Thrive Networks' director of business development. Jim also spearheaded the company's successful acquisition by Staples, Inc. Prior to joining the company, Jim was a partner at Client First Associates, a management and organizational development consulting firm.
He is the author of "Five Management Principles in One CREAD: A Management Guide to Live By." Jim received a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations and a Master's degree in Urban Affairs from Boston University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.