Assuming an organization has experienced some sort of technology disruption in the past several years, there should...
By submitting your personal information, you agree that TechTarget and its partners may contact you regarding relevant content, products and special offers.
be no problem reminding senior management of that event and the impact to the organization. Then describe the benefits of a DR program (e.g., how the previous event might have turned out differently). If there is no prior history of a technology disruption (hard to imagine in this day and age) then here are some ways to get management buy-in:
- Enlist the help of the IT department. Have senior technical staff join you in a briefing to senior management. Hopefully, the IT people can help make the case for a DR program.
- Provide examples of how other organizations have benefited from a DR program, especially those who have prevented or mitigated the impact of an event.
- Partner with an experienced consultant who has worked with other clients and has participated in disaster events that were mitigated with DR plans.
- Partner with a vendor that offers DR services, especially managed DR services, and then make the point that managed DR services will be non-intrusive, will not impact daily IT operations, and can be activated almost instantly to protect the organization's IT infrastructure.
- Underscore the value of a DR program by describing the financial implications if certain critical systems were disabled, describing the implications if email was unavailable; describing the competitive and reputational implications if the company was unable to use its primary IT system; and describing the operational implications if systems were unavailable.
How your DR policy can earn management buy-in
Top five ways to get management buy-in for your IT governance strategy
Management buy-in, DR standards remain key challenges
Related Q&A from Paul Kirvan
With software, consultants and standards at the ready, plus the rise of DR as a service, it's easy to get started on a business recovery plan. So ...continue reading
Working with the right business continuity and disaster recovery standards should get your organization on the path to compliance. Reviewing and ...continue reading
When taking a hybrid disaster recovery approach -- using public and private components -- it's important to understand your requirements, assets and ...continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.