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NotesOn: Project Management – IT Testing 101

The opportunity is just too good to pass up. Absolutely classic. Setting all political discussions aside, after three and a half years and tens to hundreds of millions of dollars (depending on to whom you listen) invested, the release of the “Obamacare” website was an unmitigated disaster. There couldn’t be a better poster child example of how not to run a project, of any magnitude. But. … Click on the title to continue [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Disaster Impact Analysis Form

I have made mention of and referenced the Disaster Impact Analysis (DIA) form (which I created and honed over the years) in a number of my previous posts. Herein, I will, at last, walk you through the form in detail, and in the process demonstrate why a typical Business Impact Analysis (BIA) is insufficient when it comes to designing IT’s Disaster Recovery systems; providing the ROI for the use of my DI. … Click on the title to read more [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Datacenter Assessment – Part III

Begun in Datacenter Assessment – Part II, here is the second half of the assessment list containing details on how to properly assess the risk levels of a, or several, datacenters. Again, plan on spending time working through each section. If you have any questions be sure to ask via a comment, or use my “Contact Us” page (for some reason the most popular method). Click on the title to read more … [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Datacenter Assessment – Part II

Here is the long awaited first part of the Datacenter Assessment list containing details on how to properly assess the risk levels of a, or several, datacenters. Plan on spending some time working through each section. The second part will be along soon. … Click on the title to read more [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity – More

The subject of differences between Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity came up again. During the discussion another idea came to me on how to graphically represent the two concepts, one that looks at the matter from another facet of the same jewel, … Click on the title to read more [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Disaster Recovery Maturity Model

Being able to gauge where one is at in regards to Disaster Recovery is an important part of Risk Management in particular and company management in general. The question is “Where do we stand?”, or, “How do we stack up against where we should be?”, or “How mature is our DR effort?”. … Click on the title to read more [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Datacenter Assessment – Part I

This post provides a high level overview of the best practices surrounding the selection of your Primary (or Production) and/or Alternate (or Disaster Recovery) Datacenters. The “excruciating” assessment details will be discussed in Part II but for them to make sense it is best to understand the framework in which they fit. Finally, while this is not an exhaustive dissertation on the subject it does address most if not all of the fundamentals, and with them under your belt you can more wisely determine your best solution. … Click on the title to read more [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Cumulative Recovery Time Objective

A good friend and I were discussing Recovery Time Objective (RTO). During the conversation an heretofore “too obvious to mention” concept related to RTO crystallized into absolute clarity. There is a flaw in the basic definition of RTO, an assumption that is built into it that can have serious negative effects on a business during and post a disaster event. … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Definitions

As promised, this is the next post in the series to address Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity. Its purpose is to define the key terminology used in the business of “DR and BC” so we are all on the same page. Why? Well, Socrates allegedly said “If you would speak with me you must define your terms”. Others have attributed this to Voltaire. But. Whomever first said it, they were absolutely, critically correct. To know anything at all about DR and BC you must first know and fully comprehend these terms as an absolute bare minimum. … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Essentials

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity are becoming hot topics (again) so I thought I would refocus my efforts and leave other elements of IT Fundamentals for another day. It so happens that I have quite a few subject notes in draft mode, accumulated over the years, so I thought I would start with a basic, essential, outline of the subject. … Click on title to read more [...]