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Keeping Pace with the Evolution of New Technologies

2017-06-22T15:17:04+00:00 June 20th, 2017|

There are four aspects to WTG that, in our view, differentiate us and the continuity solutions we construct for our clients. First, WTG profiles our client’s continuity requirements based on their business and relevant business processes. We have innovated an Iterative Business Process Decomposition (IBPD) approach that, unlike a traditional Business Impact Analysis [...]

The BIA’s Fatal Flaws – No. 10 A Static Report

2017-06-22T14:50:52+00:00 May 5th, 2017|

The final flaw may be the most critical. A BIA typically is a static report whose data reflects the business’ needs at a specific point in time. Once the report is presented to management, it is usually put on the shelf to gather dust until the next refresh…two or three years from now. But gaining [...]

Real-time Demands for 24/7/365 Continuous Availability

2017-10-17T16:24:56+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|

Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity has changed dramatically in the last 18 to 24 months as new technologies have become available in response to real-time demands on internal processes and systems--demands for 24/7/365 continuous availability, irrespective of outright disasters. Application of these technologies to the arena of business continuity offers powerful new options to businesses. Interestingly [...]

The BIA’s Fatal Flaws – No. 9 The Devil is in the Details

2017-06-22T14:50:21+00:00 March 15th, 2017|

The DR/BC industry is on a constant crusade to Simplify! The traditional BIA is never far behind. Unfortunately, the crusade is founded on a false belief…that DR/BC planning can be simplified by reducing or eliminating the details. We believe this grail search is naïve at best, and potentially catastrophic at worst. We believe that the [...]

More Tough Questions…

2017-06-22T14:50:03+00:00 February 10th, 2017|

Are the basic assumptions of your recovery plan still valid for 2017 and beyond? Can you really restore all backup data in the time allowed by your recovery time objective? How do you solve for cross-functional prioritization? Are business units 100% self-sufficient, or do they require centralized support staff? Are all of your backup files [...]

State of the Industry

2017-06-20T14:43:18+00:00 January 15th, 2017|

Global business practices, multi-site shared processing, e-commerce, new storage architectures and specialized distributed operations are forcing new requirements for much higher levels of system availability, recoverability and continuous operating capability. Existing Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity constructs that have grown up around a traditional hotsite model are becoming increasingly cumbersome, resulting in serious gaps [...]

The BIA’s Fatal Flaws – No. 8 RTO is a Dinosaur

2017-06-22T14:49:23+00:00 December 19th, 2016|

Who would have thought when the terms RTO (Recovery Time Objective) and RPO (Recovery Point Objective) were coined, that 30+ years later, the industry as a whole would still be arguing about what they meant, the “certifying bodies” would still be debating about when their clocks start and end, and the standards organizations would still [...]

WTG does for you what the other guys won’t:

2017-09-07T11:30:06+00:00 November 7th, 2016|

End-to-end delivery of advanced continuity capabilities, from strategy through design, development, implementation and testing. Leverage your existing IT infrastructure, working with the details of your production environment to derive, build and seamlessly integrate new multi-level contingency solutions into your daily operations. Provide expert technical consultants that construct and write robust recovery plans with customized, detailed [...]

Some of WTG’s Services

2017-09-06T18:41:31+00:00 September 14th, 2016|

Business Continuity – (Continuous Operations Planning) The best solution to recovery is avoid an interruption in the first place. WTG develops pragmatic, real-world continuous operating solutions that incorporate the latest high-availability and high-recoverability technologies and techniques in a risk-balanced, cost-effective manner to keep your business running. Continuity Technology Assessments WTG assesses key availability and recoverability [...]

The BIA’s Fatal Flaws – No. 6 The Wrong Solution Curve

2017-06-22T14:45:50+00:00 August 25th, 2016|

This flaw manifests in sub-optimal and/or overly expensive recovery architectures. Most BIAs gather information based on the “Sweet Spot” premise. The “Sweet Spot” premise was formulated in the DR/BC industry’s early days and was illustrated as two opposite curves plotted against a vertical axis of solution costs and a horizontal axis of recovery time. The [...]

Ask the Hard Questions…

2017-06-22T14:45:34+00:00 July 7th, 2016|

The Short List ; ) How does your plan help you dynamically define the recovery steps for the specific disaster event? How does your plan incorporate remote resources and staffing ATOD? How does your plan address closing the business pre-emptively? How does your plan enable you to manage critical stakeholder and vendor/customer relationships ATOD? How [...]

The BIA’s Fatal Flaws – No. 5 Criticality is Not Aggregated

2017-06-22T14:44:57+00:00 June 15th, 2016|

The next flaw is a variation of the previous flaw. BIAs do not aggregate process criticality across various interdependencies. That is, they do not provide a methodology to dynamically adjust a process’ criticality based on unplanned, but nevertheless present interdependencies that change the assumptions that were used when determining the process’ inherent criticality. One such [...]

The BIA’s Fatal Flaws – No. 4 Criticality is Not Weighted

2017-06-22T14:44:41+00:00 May 11th, 2016|

The fourth flaw comes from the inability of traditional BIA methodologies to weight and differentiate process criticality. Most methodologies prioritize processes according to a scale (1 – 5, low – medium – high, critical – important – deferrable, etc.). Regardless of the chosen scale, the problem arises when multiple impact categories are considered (legal, financial, [...]

WTG does what the others don’t:

2017-09-07T11:09:34+00:00 April 25th, 2016|

Eliminate hotsite “recovery-only” and production “availability-only” solutions—instead creating “total” continuity solutions that optimally blend the best in high-availability and recovery technologies Turnkey implementations of complete continuity solutions from initial strategy through hardware procurement, installation and test-out Multi-discipline consulting team delivers procedurally detailed plan content from start to finish—not just assignments for your staff to complete [...]

The BIA’s Fatal Flaws – No. 3 Probability is Not Predictable

2017-09-11T18:29:34+00:00 March 8th, 2016|

The next problem with the traditional BIA process is that even if the loss estimates are assumed to be perfectly accurate and are implicitly accepted by management, the very next question is always: “OK, if these are the losses we can expect, what is the likelihood that they will occur?” As soon as probability enters [...]

WTG’s Unique Plans

2017-09-06T18:41:12+00:00 February 24th, 2016|

The best plans direct not only the Who, What, When and Where of the response, but also the How, Why and Why Not across all plans, all teams and all sites. Check out WTG’s 18 Point Checklist for an Optimal Plan. First and foremost, plans must be action oriented. The action tasks must contain [...]

The BIA’s Fatal Flaws – No. 2 Losses Are Not Linear

2017-06-22T14:39:51+00:00 January 25th, 2016|

Expecting business leaders to determine the financial losses associated with process interruption is an exercise in futility. In today’s large, distributed organizations with their hugely complicated and intertwined business environments, few business leaders are able to accurately estimate losses associated with process interruption, but when pressed by the BIA process for a “guesstimate”, those leaders [...]

How Does Your Plan Stack-up?

2017-06-22T14:40:07+00:00 December 11th, 2015|

Curious about how your DR/BC Plan compares to similar business?  Ask yourself some of the hard questions... How does your plan help you decide if and when to declare a disaster? How does your plan direct proportionate responses to differing disaster impacts? How does your plan direct different communication messages to different audiences via different [...]

The BIA’s Fatal Flaws – No. 1 The BIA was Invented for the Wrong Reason

2017-06-22T14:38:57+00:00 November 18th, 2015|

The BIA was invented for the wrong reason…a self-serving reason. And unfortunately, that heritage has survived until today and still thrives. In the earliest days of the Disaster Recovery industry, sooner or later, the commercial hotsite providers were asked the same question by every prospective client. “How can we recovery our systems in your hotsite…it [...]