It wasn’t so many years ago that disaster recovery (DR) meant being able to bring the company’s computer system back up quickly. IT departments invested a lot of time and money to ensure we were able to do "business as usual" in case of an unforeseen system failure (e.g., Y2K). The DR Plan made us feel safe.

Over the past few years, recovery from natural disasters meant more than getting the computer systems back online. The new awareness became: how do we keep people working normally when the physical building that the computer systems are in fails? To address the problem, business continuity (BC) plan were established. These documents, in detail, explain how and where departments would operate in case of a disaster. With a BC plan in place, we felt safe again.

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