Disaster Recover & Business continuity can be defined as 'the processes, procedures, decisions and activities to ensure that an organization can continue to function through an operational interruption'.
Business continuity planning - where a plan is developed that, when implemented, will help to prevent operational interruptions, crises and disasters happening and will help the organization to quickly return to a state of 'business as usual' should any of these events occur. Once a business continuity plan has been prepared it must be tested and exercised to ensure logistics & performance as anticipated.
Business continuity management - this is the ongoing management of the business continuity plan to ensure that it is always current and available. It also encompasses the ongoing management of operational resilience and process availability within an organization, with the aim of ensuring that the organization experiences the minimum possible day-to-day disruptions.
Some of the key considerations in planning include addressing communications, escalations, logistics, testing and periodic operational reviews. These initiatives help bring about many operational efficiencies and process improvements in day to day activities within your organization.
Business Impact Analysis - This analysis helps you define your recovery requirements from a business perspective and includes assessment of process criticality, resource requirements, Recovery Time Objectives (RTO), strategies and costs to meet these objectives.
Business Resumption Planning - Once recovery strategies are approved and implemented, procedures and reference information need to be documented for those business areas and support groups that will be recovered. All plans will include instructions for detection, escalation, notification, alert, declaration, relocation, recovery procedures, logistics and other reference information.
Operational Review - An operational review is performed to optimize your current processes and programs relating to back-up and restoration of business environments. The main deliverables includes technical and operational recommendations to improve and optimize operational recovery plan.
Technology Recovery Planning - This service provides Resumption Planning services focused entirely on recovery of your information processing systems as well as associated networks.
Plan Maintenance (Technology and Departmental) - Your environment changes, and a formalized maintenance process provides for the ongoing testing and updating of your existing Business Resumption Plans for technology business areas.
RiVi has an innovative methodology in assisting companies preparing for disaster recovery planning.