Disaster recovery plans do take time to plan for and implement. Once completed however, there are so many benefits and assurances that business owners will be able to number, it becomes clear the effort is well worth the time. Listed below are 8 key benefits even small companies can expect to experience if they have a recovery plan in place before disaster strikes.
1. Reduced Recovery Period
Organizations who have a disaster recovery plan in place should expect to experience a reduced recovery period. In some cases, having a recovery plan in place may make the difference between a business opening their doors again or shutting down.
2. Limit Losses
Of course, the sooner a business is open and operating again the sooner they will begin to experience a resumption of revenue. Getting back to business ASAP may also help to limit losses from damage to equipment and other critical components of a business.
3. Preserve Critical Processes
Some organizations have critical processes that must be preserved or the business must be shut down. In cases like these, a disaster recovery plan can provide the support necessary for these types of organizations, thus allowing them to keep their doors open during critical times.
4. Retain Industry Reputation
If your competitors are up and running their business as usual after a disaster and your company is still struggling, customers and clients will likely take notice. Being unorganized and ill-prepared does not resonant well within a community nor within a specific industry.
5. Proactive vs Reactive
Even in the midst of seemingly chaos, a disaster recovery plan can help many businesses retain control over a temporary shutdown, as well as offer more control over the resumption of their operations when the disaster is over. Having more control over chaotic events rather than being in a reactive mode, helps everyone involved stay focused and organized.
6. Fine-Grained Data Management
The right disaster recovery plan allows companies to fully recover every singular piece of data associated with their business. If a serious disaster should occur, business owners are assured all corporate data is safe and secure.
7. Continuity of Performance
With a good disaster recovery system any automated processes will still occur even in the midst of a crisis. Depending upon the situation, business owners may see little or no reduction in performance.
Every organization has unique requirements -- and the great thing about creating a disaster recovery plan is that it can be customized to meet an organization's specific needs. They need not expect to force a cookie cutter solution to work for their unique organization. Of course, as with other important aspects of a company, business owners retain complete control over the planning process.
Want to know more about customizing a disaster recovery plan for your organization? Download our Comprehensive Guide to Disaster Recovery.