IT Management Slideshow: Business and IT Disagree on Disaster Recovery

By Ericka Chickowski  |  Posted 06-16-2009

Business and IT Disagree on Disaster Recovery

1. Conducted in March 2009, the survey quizzed 277 business and 220 IT participants.

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2. Both IT (83%) and business leaders (78%) agree that information availability is important to the success of their business.

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3. Most IT managers (74%) believe disaster recovery and business continuity are important to business success, but fewer than half of business executives (49%) think so.

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4. Many more IT leaders (42%) than business executives (32%) think that insufficient funding is one of the major obstacles to developing an effective disaster recovery plan.

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5. IT leaders (33%) were also more likely than business leaders (18%) to say that business continuity is even more important in the current economy because they can't afford the risk of unexpected downtime.

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6. Business leaders (30% unsure) were drastically less likely than IT management (5% unsure) to know how frequently their company's disaster recovery plans are tested.

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7. Business leadership (41% unsure) was also far less likely than IT leadership (4% unsure) to know the contents of their disaster recovery plan.

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8. In spite of the disconnect, 66% of IT leaders report that the amount of downtime tolerated by their organization has grown shorter over the last two years.

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9. More than half of IT executives say their companies can tolerate downtime of only five hours or less.

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10. Approximately 30% of IT leaders graded their organization's business continuity plans and practices at a "C" or a "D." That's 8% more than a similar group asked the same question in 2007.

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