Top 10 Predictions for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

10 Disaster Recovery – Business Continuity Predictions for 2013

  1. Disaster Recovery vsBusiness Resilience  – There will be a move from an academic discussion to practical implementations; the debate will continue as to whether this is a re-branding exercise or a substantive change.
  2. Social media will be a challenge for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Management teams – Addressing this in DR and BC plans will continue to present both a challenge and opportunity for business continuity professionals.
  3. ISO 22301 will take hold – The new international Business Continuity Management standard, will start to take-off with certificates issued in more than one country.
  4. Security, risk and business continuity professionals roles will overlap – There will be synergies in each discipline where there and similarities but that will also add to organizational conflict.
  5. CIOs will still dominate Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity – Scope of CIOs efforts will be modified to reflect cyber threats, big data, cloud and mobility services.
  6. Contingency Planning will take a leading role in Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity – It will become fashionable again as part of a broader understanding of DR and BC which includes continuity capability and crisis response.
  7. Regulators will have their roles questioned – Executive management will look for answers to the value of what regulators do and question wither resilience is better served by more regulation; alternative, market-driven methods will be explored.
  8. Some high profile ‘business continuity’ failures will occur – These will occur where the actual Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Management teams will not be involved at all.
  9. Sustainability as a driver for Business Continuity will not take center stage  – Cost constraints will continue to be a factor as many executives still will not view this as a critical effort.
  10. Major service failures by outsourcers will occur – These failures will put pressure on CIO’s service delivery models that don’t consider resilience.  Business Continuity professionals will need to get the economic case for Business Continuity in the CIOs budget discussions.
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Author: Victor Janulaitis

M. Victor Janulaitis is the CEO of Janco Associates. He has taught at the USC Graduate School of Business, been a guest lecturer at the UCLA's Anderson School of Business, a Graduate School at Harvard University, and several other universities in various programs.