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Business Continuity: Businesses Look to Cloud and Mobile Tools for Help

By Dick Weisinger

Businesses are changing the structure of their business continuity plans to try to keep up with evolving technologies, and in many cases, new technologies are making business continuity easier to plan for.

Laura DiDio, an analyst with Information Technology Intelligence Consulting, in an article on SCI-Tech today, cited the events of 9-11 as a turning point for companies.  After that, there was  a distinct shift in thinking about the importance of creating a business continuity plan. DiDio said that “CIOs, CTOs, and IT managers had ‘a much harder tim'” before 9/11 in securing approvals for backup and continuity plans.”

A recent report on business continuity made by AT&T had the following conclusions:

  • 83 percent of company executives say that a business continuity plan is a top priority
  • 80 percent of companies say that they already have a business continuity plan in place
  • 67 percent of companies now include wireless connectivity as part of their business continuity plan
  • 60 percent of companies are investing in mobile security services as a means to protect IT infrastructure
  • 38 percent of companies are investing in cloud computing for security, performance and cost savings
  • 34 percent are investing in mobile applications and tools to help improve security

Chris Costello, assistant VP of offer management, cloud services, at AT&T said that “Many customers have plans where they’re overpaying for an ‘insurance policy,’ and they’re not sure what data center they’re going to fail over to in the event of disaster, and they can’t go in and test their business continuity plans as much as they’d like to.  The move to the cloud is a positive trend.  They’re seeing benefits versus the more traditional, always-on solutions that are very costly.”

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