Summer is coming, which means the hurricane, tornado season is here. Do you have a contingency plan for your critical IT infrastructure? If so, is it updated? Do you and all the stakeholders know what to do in case the network is out of commission, say, for a week? How will you continue your business and how will you restore critical IT services?
You may have been busy with other priorities focused around business growth, revenues and accomplishments. Contingency planning does not normally get much attention, or it is routinely put off. Who really likes to spend time and effort to work on something that may never be used? But what happens when events occur? Without planning, the contingency and recovery process will become an ad-hoc process, which will ensure chaos, to say the least. Most importantly, it may have big impacts on continued business operation and revenues.
Contingency planning should not be at the bottom of your to-do list. It is not fruitless work. It is planning for continued business operations and revenues. So start working on your contingency plan if you do not have one. Or if you have one, take it off the shelf, shake off the dust and make sure it is updated. You will be glad that you have a plan.