Why Disaster Recovery Planning is Important

IT Disaster Recovery Planning is a critical part of any organisation’s IT infrastructure to ensure Business Continuity in the face of a data loss and technology failure. But as organisations rely more and more on IT infrastructure to store data and to run operations, a Disaster Recovery Plan has become more important than a part of IT infrastructure, it is a crucial piece of the business machine, required to reduce the business risk facing the organisation and to adhere to regulatory compliance.

IT Disaster Recovery Planning

How Beyond Technology Can Help

Our Disaster Recovery consulting services are designed to offer advice that covers a wide range of potential problems and risks you may be facing. Our consultants can help you in the following ways:

  • Assess your business continuity plan against business requirements.
  • Review of your disaster recovery plans to ensure they meet the needs of the business.
  • Development of a business continuity strategy.
  • Analyse your overall ability to meet your business continuity plan.
  • Advise you how to reduce your exposure to business risk by improving IT infrastructure and planning.
  • Assist with business continuity and disaster recovery planning processes.
  • A customised disaster recovery assessment of your IT systems and procedures.

At Beyond Technology Consulting we believe that Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning go hand in hand. Having the infrastructure to store business data is not sufficient if the company does not have the appropriate plans, processes and capabilities to get the business up and running again.

We understand that Disaster Recovery is all about risk mitigation from events that are outside your span of control. An inadequate Disaster Recovery plan could incur the business significant costs and lost time when re-establishing normal business activity, or in some cases it could prevent the business from restarting at all. Protecting your data and applications is critical as more than half of all companies who experience major data loss will be forced to close down within two years. Isolating your organisation from such events is crucial to it’s survival.

IT Disaster Recovery Planning

Our Approach to Disaster Recovery

We are aware that different organisations have different needs around Disaster Recovery and may be at different stages in the planning process. Our consulting approach in general is to offer bespoke services to clients that are scoped to meet their precise needs.

Our capabilities around Disaster Recovery encompass many areas and can be scaled to include a number of different elements of varying complexity, from a short compliance check, a rapid or full infrastructure assessment, to a full DR strategy and planning process.

Our approach to Disaster Recovery will help you to build a coherent plan around DR that covers:

  • Level of risk faced by your organisation.
  • Business and technical requirements.
  • Organisational priorities required to resume business as usual activities.
  • Current technical capability gap.
  • Financial implications and business case justification.
  • Expected service levels associated with the recovery process.
  • Actions for remediation.
  • Mitigation strategy and roadmap plan of action.
IT Disaster Recovery Planning

Our Services

Beyond Technology has several services that can assist you in navigating the maze of Disaster Recovery Planning. Contact us if you would like to discuss your particular requirements or any of the following services in more detail:

  • Disaster Recovery Plan Assessment
  • Disaster Recovery Testing
  • DR Business Requirements Assessment
  • Disaster Recovery Plan “First Pass” development
  • Disaster Recovery Infrastructure Assessment
  • DR Strategy Planning and Assessment
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Our business outcomes

Beyond Technology advise businesses on how to optimise the use of IT to achieve business outcomes.

Beyond Technology Consulting has several ways to help CFO’s and CIO’s to improve their organisation’s balance sheet. Our consultants are highly skilled in identifying how to optimise your IT costs to ensure that you are taking advantage of the technology available to your organisation.

Many organisations carry a significant IT failure risk without understanding either the potential or consequences of failure. Quantifying the latent risk, and taking steps to mitigate it not only makes good business sense, it often provides significant improvement in the efficiency and availability of “business as usual” IT service.

With the growing demands on IT departments it can be all too easy to focus on rapidly expanding capability and addressing the day-to-day challenges of running the technology. Properly aligning IT to direct business requirements, while improving the communication channels between IT and the business delivers massive efficiency and capability improvements.

Frequently Asked Questions

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In most professions where information is asymmetric (i.e. the professional could take advantage of knowing more about the subject that they are advising you on) such as Lawyers and Doctors, the governing body can deregister the professional as stop them from practicing. This does not happen with Technology professionals so conflict of interest is a critical problem. Similarly when a technologist is heavily invested in one specific technology it often becomes their go-to solution (to a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail). By Maintaining our independence, Beyond Technology Consulting ensures that you are provided with unbiased and actionable advice that you can trust is free from conflict of interest and be assured that we are not monetising the advice that we provide you.

"Actionable Advice" is accessible, accurate and is advice that is provided in a language and manner that does not require technical qualifications to understand. We ensure that our recommendations are fit-for-purpose with an understanding of the context of your organisation to be both affordable and achievable.

We focus on understanding the core requirements of the business so that our advice is based on your requirements not the avaliable technology. This ensures that you don't end up with a solution looking for a problem and ensures that technology outcomes will grow with your business and flex with changes in the technology.

We focus on understanding the core requirements of the business so that our advice is based on your requirements not the avaliable technology. This combined with a bias towards flexible technology solutions helps to provide technology outcomes that will grow with your business and flex with changes in the technology.

There are two key reasons that organisations don't undertake regular independent technology reviews. Firstly many boards and executive don't know that organisations like Beyond Technology Consulting exist and they are left thinking that the only options are IT Audits that are provided by the big accounting firms that don't provide any answers or actionable advice. The second reason is that they don't feel that they understand enough about IT to be able to get value from a review. Beyond Technology Consulting understands this and have designed our organisation to provide "Actionable Advice" that is accessible, accurate and provided in a language and manner that does not require technical qualifications to understand.

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