In a recent survey from Aberdeen Group, something jumped out at me. I found the entire read quite interesting and the argument for downtime preparation and prevention is well supported by their findings. In particular, a comment about the need for and lack of testing of recovery plans as a key differentiator between the best and worst companies surveyed. The survey says that “only 27% of the Laggard companies report they regularly test their DR programs.” The companies they define as Laggards had 3.5 “business interruption events” per year and had an average cost of $2.8 million from these events!
It only shows that companies that invest in preparing, testing, and training for disasters will save time and money, and will provide a higher level of service to their customers. The key takeaway from this survey for me was 1) understand your risks, 2) have a plan, and 3) test that plan.