A disaster recovery plan will not save your business just by being written. Such a plan is not a talismanic ward against the elements and cyber-attack; but it is the manuscript, the play-sheet that can prove to be the anchor of your business survival. It is up to each firm to react to the circumstances that befall it, but by having the recovery plan in place, businesses can be carried through the worst few initial days, where the blindness of panic often does so much avoidable harm. It is the drill that will help keep your wits about you and contribute enormously to your business continuity management.
Knowing Your Weaknesses
A good place to start in preparing for disaster is by identifying your vulnerabilities. Do not make assumptions; do not think you know your weaknesses and then move onto the next stage of the process. Make a diligent and thorough analysis of your business, from top to bottom, and incorporating any essential radial elements that may become impeded by events. Once you know your weak points, analyse them and see how they could be both exacerbated and strengthened. As we have previously mentioned, supply chains can be one of the most vulnerable points and should be examined and addressed in your recovery plan. Building up increased stock may seem a good solution, though balancing this you must consider that stockpiling carries its own risks, not least from wastage. Identifying alternative suppliers and routes may be advisable and, as with so much in business and life, a compromise may work best, combining elements from all approaches.
Finding Your Strengths
You cannot foretell the future, but you can forecast projections. By conducting research, we can build accurate pictures of the past and present to create a data-mirror that may well reflect the likely future. It is not 100% fail-proof, but it is an approach that works by taking the average likelihood of events and casts them over a relatable future matrix. It is not exact, but it does require an exacting approach. Such projections are data driven, meaning that the more effort that can be channelled into providing the projections with information, the greater the accuracy of the predictions generated.
Once you have your predictions, you can match them against your perceived weaknesses, and then study the correlations between them. This contrast will teach you much, and it may not be a comfortable lesson. But you will know the likely threats and your present degree of capability to combat them. You may need to instigate changes, perhaps minor, perhaps major, but it will be done from the standpoint of reasoned likelihood and hard facts. Formulating a plan is not easy, and the research required can be daunting. Businesses may struggle to cope with the additional workload in creating the plan.
Thankfully, Abilott has wide-ranging experience in such matters and will be delighted to work with your organisation. The benefits of an Abilott DR plan will ensure that you not only know your potential disasters but that you can continue in the face of them.