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The Disaster Recovery Handbook, 3rd Edition by Lawrence Webber, Michael Wallace

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BUILDING THE BUSINESS CASE

Measuring the Impact on the Business

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.

—LEWIS CARROLL

INTRODUCTION

Once your team is in place and the scope of your disaster recovery planning is determined, the next step is to determine exactly what vital functions need to be included in the plan. Can you easily identify the most vital functions? What happens to the business if one or more functions are suddenly unavailable due to a system failure or other disaster? What is the cost if a function is unavailable? Intuitively, some functions must be more valuable than others, but what is that value? How can this value be measured? In a time of scarce resources, which functions need to be heavily protected ...

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