focus. Cooperation, connection, and ongoing evaluation between managers and their workers are vital to understanding how
business functions operate and interact. The process of evaluating business functions to determine criticality and to define recovery time objectives is an important process. This creates valuable
strategic information on how the business operates and what is
truly important. This requires an evaluation that takes a holistic approach, rather than a narrow and independent view. This is often
the ONLY time a business will step back to look at the operational
risks of conducting their business. This kind of process analysis
allows a business area to identify gaps and weaknesses in operating practices and gives them an opportunity to make adjustments
that will lead to better operational resiliency.
This area of DR planning provides significant contributions to
the operational resiliency of a company. The ongoing analysis of
data backup requirements for recovery purpose has led to the
reduction in recovery times and loss of data as part of recovery
plans. Advancements in technology have driven the design and
implementation of advanced recovery solutions. As a result, com-
panies have been able to utilize recovery equipment to support ad-
ditional operational needs. For example, with advanced recovery
solutions, companies are able to switch production operations to a
recovery environment to support a minor hardware outage, elimi-
nate a planned outage, or support hardware/software upgrades.
This provides a company with a higher level of resiliency, elimi-
nates costly downtime, and provides better utilization of recovery
investments. DR planning may also lead to the redesign and en-
hancement of existing processing systems to provide more resil-
ient processing and improved operational flexibility. There are a
number of benefits created from strong disaster recovery practices
that directly influence daily operational practices.
The BC program often maintains the most current information
on business practices, risks, and associated impacts of an outage, and thus is a warehouse of valuable information for strategic
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