- Bernard A. Jones, Manager Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery – HS&E Business Continuity, Novartis Business Services
- Robert Nardella, IT Service Management, Certified z/OS Mainframe Professional
- Paul Kirvan, CISA, FBCI, Independent IT Consultant/Auditor, Paul Kirvan Associates
- Steve Tower, Management Consultant, Steve Tower, Disaster Recovery Plans & Assessments
- Evan Fosu, Associate Director of IT Infrastructure, MedAvante
- Sam Shaabani, Infrastructure Services Manager, Corix Group of Companies
- Greg Eamer, Director of IT, Richter
- Victor Woodburne, Business Continuity Consultant, OPTrust
- David Cooper, CIO, Mamiye Brothers, Inc.
- Nalin Wijetilleke, Director/Principal Consultant at ContinuityNZ Limited, New Zealand
- Your current DR solution does not meet business requirements – you either lack a DR site or it is insufficient.
- There is a wide range of DR options, from a co-lo site to managed DR services and you need to find a solution that balances budget and DR requirements.
- The CEO is pushing cloud for DR, but you know many of your workloads are not a good fit.
- Finding the ideal DR solution starts with a comprehensive requirements gathering process which looks at both functionality and cost. Failure to consider both perspectives will result in a misaligned solution.
- Balance budget and DR requirements by finding the right mix of DR solutions. For example, use a hybrid co-lo/IaaS to reduce hardware costs while ensuring appropriate capacity when needed.
- Don’t assume cloud is cheaper. Cost will depend on your specific workloads and use case.
Impact and Result
- Define a comprehensive set of requirements at the start of the project. DR solutions are long-term commitments, and mistakes in planning will be amplified during implementation.
- Analyze the pros/cons of each DR option and identify a DR solution that balances your budget and DR requirements.
- Integrate key insights from a variety of organizations that have implemented a DR solution.
Start here – read the Executive Brief
Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should evaluate DR deployment models, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.
1. Conduct requirements gathering
DR solutions are long-term commitments; do it right the first time by conducting a comprehensive requirements gathering process.
2. Evaluate potential DR solutions
Analyze the merits of each potential DR solution and conduct a fit assessment.
3. Design a best-fit DR strategy
Document the DR strategy and communicate the results to management.
This guided implementation is an eight call advisory process.
Guided Implementation #1 - Conduct requirements gathering
Call #1 - Determine RTOs/RPOs for processes and their dependencies.
Call #2 - Assess the risks that your DR solution needs to be able to mitigate.
Guided Implementation #2 - Evaluate potential DR solutions
Call #1 - Overview of each DR option and determine the Total Cost of Ownership for each DR option.
Call #2 - Conduct a Force Field Analysis for each DR option.
Call #3 - Prioritize and rank DR options.
Guided Implementation #3 - Design a best-fit DR strategy
Call #1 - Integrate case study insights and document your DR solution.
Call #2 - Define the need and requirements for a bulletproof DR solution.
Call #3 - Create the executive communication deck.
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Onsite workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost onsite delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.
Module 1: Requirements Gathering
- Determine the DR requirements of critical applications.
- Define the risks that your current IT environment is exposed to and translate them into requirements for the DR solution.
- Evaluate the current state of your DR solution through a SWOT analysis.
Key Benefits Achieved
- Defined criticality rating for each application.
- Documentation of key DR solution requirements based on risk scenarios.
- Evaluated the strengths of your current state and leveraged them to take advantage of available opportunities.
Define applications and dependencies
- Business Impact Analysis
Define applications’ criticality
Identify risk scenarios
Prioritize risks through a Risk Catalog
- Risk Catalog
Module 2: Evaluate Potential DR Solutions
- Analyze the benefits and drawbacks of a variety of DR options.
- Conduct a thorough cost analysis for each DR option.
- Identify how each DR option impacts your organization.
Key Benefits Achieved
- Comprehensive review of each DR option and identification of how each option fits with your organization.
- Ensure long-term value of your DR solution by comparing the TCO model for each DR solution.
- Prioritize each DR solution and identify the best-fit solution.
Review the pros/cons of each DR option.
Determine TCO for each DR option.
- TCO Comparison Tool
Conduct Force Field Analyses.
Prioritize and rank DR options.
- Decision Matrix
Module 3: Design a Best-Fit DR Strategy
- Synthesize key insights from other organizations who have planned and implemented a DR solution.
- Define the requirements for a bulletproof DR solution.
- Present key insights to management.
Key Benefits Achieved
- Avoid common mistakes and leverage best practices to define your tailored DR solution.
- Determine the considerations for a bulletproof DR solution.
- Gain executive buy-in by demonstrating the long-term benefits of a tailored DR solution.
Document your DR solution.
- DR solution document
Create the Executive Communication Presentation.
- Executive Communication Tool