Importance of Information Technology in Today’s Business World

Information technology is a modern phenomenon that has dramatically changed the daily lives of individuals and businesses throughout the world. Information technologies (IT) are vital to Company operations and leveraging information technology for business success is a key to survival in the modern business world.

So what do we rely on? Companies rely on IT for fast communications, data processing and market intelligence. IT plays an integral role in every industry, helping companies improve business processes, achieve cost efficiencies, drive revenue growth and maintain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

In short, they are the repositories for critical and sometimes highly proprietary corporate information. The improper access to or the destruction of these resources will have serious consequences for the Company. The strategic use of information technology can help organizations increase their competitive advantage and make considerable improvements in operating performance.

Developing a business strategy with an IT component that is aligned with business objectives, and is supported by sound business justification, will enable organizations to improve performance, increase productivity, and serve customers more effectively. It will also help mitigate the risks involved with technology decisions.

A disaster recovery plan (DRP) sometimes referred to as a business continuity plan (BCP) or business process contingency plan (BPCP) - describes how an organization is to deal with potential disasters. Disaster recovery is becoming an increasingly important aspect of enterprise computing. As devices, systems, and networks become ever more complex, there are simply more things that can go wrong. As a consequence, recovery plans have also become more complex.

A disaster recovery plan might consist of powering down the mainframe and other computers before the sprinkler system came on, disassembling components, and subsequently drying circuit boards in the parking lot with a hair dryer. Current enterprise systems tend to be too large and complicated for such simple and hands-on approaches, however, and interruption of service or loss of data can have serious financial impact, whether directly or through loss of customer confidence.

Storage managers often cover the basic security measures in their environment, but that's often not enough; data security issues must be addressed in IT disaster recovery plans. Also, storage managers should always look at data security from the perspective of a malicious attacker. With these two strategies, companies can better recover their systems if they're attacked and/or go down.

Appropriate plans vary from one enterprise to another, depending on variables such as the type of business, the processes involved, and the level of security needed. Disaster recovery planning may be developed within an organization or purchased as a software application or a service. It is not unusual for an enterprise to spend 25% of its information technology budget on disaster recovery.

Enterprise who is serious about their DRP mostly relies on third-party teams of DRP specialists for provision, configure, and test an effective plan. In the event of an actual disaster, an offsite vendor will be less likely than the enterprise itself to suffer the direct and immediate effects of that disaster, allowing the outside entity to manage the DRP even in the event of the worst-case scenario: a total or near-total shutdown of the affected enterprise.

Some people believe that the risk of a massive, widespread disaster, either natural or human-made, has increased in recent years and will likely continue to increase. For these reasons, a typical enterprise that do have some level of business continuity plan (BCP) or business process contingency plan, fail to test its true effectiveness and continue operating in fear of losing everything.

No one lives in a protective bubble. So as long as there are natural disasters and technical failures, customers will continue to regard disaster recovery (DR) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) as a valuable services. Before diving in headfirst, it's essential to examine the potential challenges.

At easySERVICE™ Data Solutions, we have collected our most noteworthy resources in one convenient disaster recovery guide to answer all your questions and help you decide if launching a DRaaS offering is the right move for you.

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