Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning for SAP Enterprises

30% of businesses have no disaster recovery plan objective in place.”

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning is no longer something that large organizations can continue to neglect in this modern age. If a natural or man-made disaster occurs, organizations cannot continue business activities without a concrete plan for BC/DR.

The downsides and business disruptions from power outages, IT infrastructure collapses, natural disasters, supply chain issues can all be avoided with good business continuity strategies.

Why is it critical for SAP enterprises to have BC/DR strategy?  

“An hour of downtime costs $100,000 on average”

Most companies depend on SAP solutions to assess, automateand optimize mission-critical business processes. As such, these enterprises expect SAP ERP workloads like SAP Business One, and SAP S/4HANA to be covered by a disaster recovery strategy with stringent recovery targets-to maintain minimal interruption and data loss.  

A solid DR plan is key to business continuity for large enterprises in 2021 and beyondIt ensures that a business can continue its operations during a disaster. It also ensures that business goes on if there are issues with key business systems, such as data centers, cloud availability, etc. 

Without a good BC/DR plan, you face: 

  • Serious risk of not meeting your RPO and RTO goals.  
  • Not getting back to operations, as well as losses in revenue 
  • Compromising key operations such as delivery, shipping

What’s the difference between disaster recovery and business continuity planning? Well, for BC, you’re talking about an overall strategyFor DR, you’re talking about if your entire region goes down, what do you do?

Best Practices for BC/DR Planning

Corporate leaders sometimes underestimate how difficult it is to make strategic decisions under the acute pressure of a significant and unexpected disaster, particularly one that has the potential to have a serious impact on the development of the organization. With the range of possible threats now underway, it is important to protect your business from future risks and to prepare for an escape route from unforeseen business challenges

At KochaSoftwe always: 

  • Recommend meeting and engaging with your senior leaders and stakeholders right away and prioritize BC/DR, as well as getting that buy-in from your decision-makers. When our clients working with AMS experts like KochaSoft, it’s our expertise that helps drive these conversations  
  • Ensure that your IT teams are handson throughout the processWe recommend defining responsibilities at the beginning of the roadmap. At KochaSoft, we’ve had clients that are quite handson with BC/DR, and those that just need best practices and documentation. 
  • The importance of documentation and communication in the development of a successful business continuity plan cannot be overstated. Failing to do so could lead to a lack of planning and accountability…

The Dangers of Not Addressing BC/DR 

There’s no doubt that your organization needs a BC/DR planWhat’s the worst-case scenario for now having one? Loss of revenue is one of the biggest consequences of not getting a BC/DR strategy

IT downtime costs $5,600 per minute on average, and an hour of downtime is $300,000 on average and as much as $540,000 for larger companies, according to Gartner.  Information Technology Consulting Research (ITCR) found some shops have it even worse. In fact, 33 percent of those recently surveyed said an hour of downtime cost some $1.5 million. 

The value of having specialized BC/DR consultants is that they can cover blind spots for your IT team that you may not see. Preventing and responding to IT downtime requires a highly specialized skillset that you must have at your disposal if times get tough.  

The Best Risk Management Strategy For Your Company Is BC/DR 

Presumed and unintended risks to processes are a continuous problem for major corporations. This illustrates how Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity (BC) strategies continue to be an important part of a company’s core risk management strategy.

The important components of DR and BC should never be overlooked and the safest way for company owners to start is through evaluating their present situation in terms of existing challenges in order to understand and decide how to mitigate them and to guarantee that no circumstances will jeopardize the life of the enterprise. Inability to prepare could be devastating for any kind of company. At best, you run the risk of losing your clients while you get your company back on its feet. In the worst case, the company can never rebound.

The advantages of a solid BC/DR plan can:

  • Keep an organization in operation despite a disaster.
  • Preserve a company’s integrity and establish customers’ trust.
  • Recovery of processes more rapidly after disruptions.

How We Work With Enterprises for BC/DR

Our experts have decades of experience implementing BC/DR plan for large companies and can advise, guide, and implement the right BC/DR strategy for your company and help you mitigate unforeseen disasters that could affect your SAP solutions.  

Our clients include a wide variety of companies, including global retailers who, without a BC/DR plan could face millions of dollars of lost revenue in high-volume seasons. We also work with global chemical and manufacturing companies, where even one hour of down time means lost data in compliance. 

We’ve always been lucky enough to work with clients that are incredibly involved throughout the process, hands on between client and vendor.  

“We cover the entire gamut when it comes to DR. We have designed strategy and run a DR test prior to go live. And for another customer, we designed the DR test to in the DR Zone for a full week and ensured that they had backups available at the primary site.”

Sudesh Sonki, Customer Service Lead
KochaSoft SAP Digital Core Practice

When disaster strikes, you need to know if your DR strategies are going to work. 

It is essential that all organizations regularly test their BCP and DR processes for any changes, glitches, bugs, and backup checks – that’s what do at KochaSoft. Simulation is a regular component of the development process of many technology initiatives; applications, procedures, and BCP / DR is an essential component.  

Considering the nature of the incidents, you cannot afford to have your DR strategy fails. You need to organize the Disaster Recovery (DR) testing in the same way as you design other complex commitments, such as software development and related testing.  

To simulate a disaster, but protect yourself from all disasters, contact KochaSoft today.

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