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Your business DNA: Do you have an inherited disease?

Posted by: Jarrett F Potts in DRJ Blogs

Jarrett F Potts

You are an administrator of your company’s IT infrastructure. Before you came along, it was someone else’s job, but you inherited their mess. While another person built the infrastructure, it is now your responsibility to manage everything that happens within it. 


That inherited infrastructure is the DNA of your business. All of your plans, projects, business and customer information exist in the form of 1’s and 0’s. Just like DNA, those 1’s and 0’s are the building blocks of everything else you do. 


Part of that inherited “mess” is data protection and disaster recovery. You have to be able to recover any data at any time; it must be protected. What if one part of that IT infrastructure is broken?


Just like DNA, if one thing goes wrong or is misconfigured, it affects the entire body. A simple missing section of DNA can cause serious health issues. In the same light, if one little thing goes wrong in your IT infrastructure, you have a serious IT illness.


When you inherit an IT project, stop and see if it is actually up to your standards. Now that you’re the one in charge make sure you are ready to take full responsibility for everything that happens. Do not be afraid to make changes.


Of course, you must think before you make changes. You might know everything that is happening on your network, but if you have ideas on ways to make it better, make sure you pitch them to your boss. It is important because you might make a small change that makes data protection and disaster recovery much more responsive.