Building the Business Case for Disaster Recovery

Executive Summary

Your bill for disaster recovery preparedness can run into the millions of dollars depending on the level of continuity and the size of your environment. Since these investments are about cost avoidance and don’t typically reduce the total cost of IT ownership, management is typically reluctant to fund these efforts. However, IT operations professionals constantly worry about their preparedness for threats like power outages, IT failures, and disasters. How do you persuade your management to approve the funding necessary to improve disaster recovery preparedness? To successfully secure funding, IT must work with business owners to calculate the cost of downtime, define recovery objectives, identify the likeliest risks, and select the most cost-effective technologies and services. Management is much more likely to approve funding when IT leads with a business case and business metrics.

Table of Contents

  • The Seven Key Steps To Building The Business Case For Disaster Recovery
  • Implement A Continuity Management Process
  • Conduct A Business Impact Analysis (BIA) And Risk Assessment
  • Calculate The Cost Of Downtime
  • Develop Impact Scenarios That Address All Risks, Not Just “Disasters”
  • Position DR Preparedness As A Competitive Necessity
  • Develop A DR Services Catalog
  • Align DR Technology Investments With Strategic IT Initiatives
  • Don’t Lead With Technology