- 2012 Check Point – Are You Keeping Your IT Resolutions?
Yep, it’s almost that time again. We’ve passed the mid-point of 2012 and are now in the home stretch to 2013. But before we switch on cruise control and coast into the new year (and into a new set of resolutions), let’s do a quick check point.
How are you doing keeping The Top Five Resolutions Every Organization Should Make Around Backup and Recovery ? And, if you’re off-course – and statistics say you probably are – we want to see what we can do to help. I’ve included some links to some great (and entertaining!) content that should help you get back on-track.
- Resolution #1: Conduct a “thorough” assessment
Do you have a better understanding of the value of your data and are you applying backup and recovery policies accordingly? Remember, your choices do matter. thebackupwindow.com blogger Stephen Manley explains why in the blog series Making the Right Choices: Don’t Get Caught with Your Pants on the Ground.”
- Resolution #2: Take time to innovate
Are you looking at the bigger picture? Thinking outside the traditional backup and recovery box? How can backup and recovery help accelerate, or on the flip side, slow down your pace of virtualization or roll out of mission-critical applications? Are you thinking about the changes you need to make to backup and IT processes ? Are you bucking trends and continuing to question “hype cycles”? Check out the Q&A Accelerating Transformation with Smarter Backup in which the power of backup transformation is discussed.
- Resolutions #3: Make a business case
Have you developed a business plan to support your initiatives, and are you executing against it? Does your plan clearly identify the short-term(speeds and feeds) and long-term (business-accelerating) wins? Does your plan include a baseline, an analysis of three or four key metrics and a solution comparison. Are you tracking your progress? The EMC webcast 3 Essentials Steps to Transforming Backup can help here.
- Resolution #4: Align business and technology teams
Are your business and technology teams communicating? Are they supporting your business plan? What “wins” can you identify? Have you been able to replicate these successes across your organization?
- Resolution #5: Follow through.
According to Harvard Business Review blogger and strategic advisor Peter Bregman, ”follow-through is in the practice.” So, have you stopped thinking and started doing? If so, you should have less tape in your environment than you did last year, or have eliminated it altogether. Here’s why.