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Building a Business Case for Disaster Recovery Planning

Written by  Kevin Roden November 22, 2007

Managers who are responsible for getting businesses up and running after a disaster are faced with a truly heroic challenge – especially since they are often faced with limited or no budget to accomplish this task. Financially justifying requests to senior management for the funding of disaster recovery planning and testing can prove a difficult task. The trick is to understand and communicate the real costs of not properly protecting business priorities to help get the critical support and sponsorship from senior management. The completion of a full business impact analysis (BIA) will reveal the true costs of downtime for a business, but they can be very expensive and many executives are reluctant to invest without some way to measure the value or return. One way to more easily demonstrate real metrics for justifying DR planning is to focus on one particular area, such as IT system downtime – which will help

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