Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery – Roles Intertwined

Business continuity relies on disaster recovery. In difficult and inevitable times when business continuity is at stake due to hindrances and threats by internal and external forces, a well-planned disaster recovery process is the answer. Such incidents happen commonly on computer systems as the demand to supply IT solutions to most business operations has been apparent over the past several years.

Though there is a high level of reliability compared to using the good old manual way of doing things, still there is a need to have business continuity plan or disaster recovery plan. Such systems have their own boundaries or limitations as well, no matter how advanced or complex they are. There will come a time when certain risks will be presented. Therefore constant maintenance and cautious analysis are needed to support such systems.

Here are certain precautionary measures that will help ease the pain of losing vital information for larger and more critical computer systems. First is to develop a well written business continuity plan (BCP) or disaster recovery plan (DRP). These processes are essential in making sure that it will be “business as usual” amidst of encountering a disruptive event. Second is to properly delegate a team of individuals with specific duties and responsibilities, with an accompanying backup plan to support others in carrying out specific tasks.  Highly trainable individuals with a vast understanding on how computer system works are definitely an advantage. And lastly, determine the software systems and hardware devices that are susceptible to replacements when disaster strikes. A backup location for database use should also be identified to ensure business continuity.