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Thursday, March 06, 2008

DR vs BC

Yesterday I went to a TechTarget breakfast seminar on Business Continuity. They had an analyst from The Burton Group talk about BC and then a short case study by Stratus on how they had solved a BC problem for a client with their solutions.

It was a good morning and started me to thinking about the difference between DR and BC. It seems to me that lots of companies think that DR = BC and that they will be in for a very rude awakening if/when they ever have to put the plan into play. BC involves much more that DR but as technology professionals it's easy to get caught up in the technology of it all and forget the processes that make the business run. I'm not suggesting that IT is responsible for ensuring that Finance or HR or any other department within the company has their BC plans in place but we do need to ensure that our DR plans match up with the companies overall BC plans. That is where we can step in and raise the proper questions. I'm a firm believer that in order for technology to do it's job properly that we must understand the business. By understanding the business and knowing the technology (and how the DR plan works) we are in a great position to bring up other BC related issues.

This got me to thinking that this may be a good time to start doing polls again. So here is my first Poll question for this year. Does your company have a full Business Continuity plan in place or only a Disaster Recovery plan? DR Only or BC and DR

It's quick and easy and a good way to start the polls again.

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