As IT Business Edge's Carl Weinschenk points out, it can be easy for IT managers to overlook disaster recovery planning when everything's running smoothly, especially with economic conditions constraining spending. But, when disaster strikes, having a plan in place could mean the difference between a quick, poised recovery and a protracted business stoppage.
If your IT department is just beginning to plan for catastrophes small and large, check out "IT Disaster Recovery Planning for Dummies." The book shows you how to assess disaster-recovery planning needs, develop both short-term and long-term plans and keep your plans updated. Our excerpt from chapter 11 focuses on keeping staff appraised of plan changes.
Once the recovery plan is in place, informing your employees of the plan and training them to undertake appropriate measures are the next crucial steps. The Computer Guy's Disaster Recovery Training Outline provides a handy list of items that should be covered in disaster-recovery training sessions, including procedures for restoring programs and documents.
Last, but certainly not least, you want to make sure you have high-caliber personnel handling the plan development, training and maintenance efforts. A comprehensive job description draws talent with the required skills and experience. Our job description template for a Disaster Recovery Administrator, provided by Info-Tech Research Group, helps IT decision-makers make strong hiring choices by capturing job essentials. The DR Admin ensures the security and integrity of data, data systems and data networks across the entire organization.
Keep your IT department moving in the face of potentially disruptive events by having your people, systems and processes organized and prepared for when the unthinkable happens.
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