It is not enough just to have a recovery, continuity or contingency plan, or to have access to a recovery center. It is essential to exercise your plan in order to help ensure business continuity in the event of an outage and to validate the mission and goals of your business resilience program.
IBM Advisory Services for Business Resilience and Continuity - resilience plans and procedures validation is designed to provide you with the business and technical assistance necessary to verify that your resilience plans are well structured and effective. We not only help facilitate and validate, but can also participate in the planning and execution of your resilience processes and procedures. The scope of the exercise is tailored to your needs and can include your business units and information technology environments from crisis identification and response through to the return to normal operations at the alternate site. Consultants can also assist with the validation of your information technology environment recoverability by participating in your technical recovery exercise.
Performing exercises is critical to the successful demonstration and validation of the readiness of your business resilience plans. IBM has required this of its own locations for over three decades.