Given today’s large, complex business environments, and the constantly accelerating rate of change, traditional periodic plan maintenance is simply inadequate. By the time the quarterly or semi-annual maintenance update cycle comes about, the plan is often outdated. Our experience indicates that the significant components of a recovery plan change 40% to 70% every year. At this rate, there is enough change between quarterly updates to make a company non-recoverable.
To eliminate this risk, WTG’s NextGen maintenance solutions call for an “evergreen” approach. We employ real-time change control procedures to ensure that major changes in the production environment are reflected in the recovery documentation in real-time as they occur, instead of in arrears according to some arbitrary schedule. To do so, Change Control procedures are integrated into the fabric of the daily culture. Both internal and external sources of change are identified and documented. For each category of change, procedures are developed to capture the change and to update the plans accordingly. Often, application of the change to the recovery plans can be fully automated to dramatically reduce the maintenance effort.