(By Info-Tech Analyst Ross Armstrong- Printed with permission from Processor magazine www.processor.com).
Speaking With Clients: What We Found
A few months ago, Info-Tech Research Group conducted a survey to determine just where our clients were in terms of their DRPs. We found that nearly 40% of enterprises do not have a working DRP in place, an alarmingly high number to say the least. Or, if you choose to take the “glass is half full” approach, a comforting 60% of enterprises have the assurance of a DRP. Regardless of where you fall in the 40/60 split, no DRP is complete without a number of key success factors.
Buy-in from senior management. In some cases, it's the C-level crowd that drives the DRP initiative, which makes life a lot easier for IT throughout the project's life cycle. In most cases, however, senior management begrudges spending anything on a project with no perceivable ROI. If this sounds like you, perform a business impact analysis, aka BIA, to demonstrate the importance of DRP to execs.