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pipes, malware and other disasters can
cause significant outages and costs, and
knowing exactly what your critical assets
and jobs are helps ensure they are made
priority when disaster strikes.
Alongside your list of critical assets
and jobs should be a list of any and all
potential disasters that could affect the
distribution center. Based on this list,
a protection plan for each critical asset
should be made for each potential disaster. While this is the most time-consuming part of the disaster recovery plan,
when a disaster strikes, you'll be thoroughly prepared to maintain operations
as best as possible with the most critical
assets covered.
All disaster recovery plans should take
note of employees involved with the plan,
with clearly defined roles and responsibilities assigned. When disaster strikes,
there is hardly time to assign key jobs and
explain to employees what the plan is and
what their role is right then and there. It
is essential to also communicate those
roles and the entire disaster recovery
plan as soon as it is developed and each
time it is updated.

BACK IT UP
One of the most critical parts of an effective disaster recovery plan is a back-up
plan for systems and data. Particularly
in distribution centers where data is a
key aspect of systems and workflow, this
information will need to be protected,
maintained and accessed during and
after a disaster. Data should always be
stored and backed up in multiple places,
whether it is in a public or private cloud,
data center, hard drive or elsewhere.
Finally, while you can plan for disaster
extensively, you never truly know how effective it will be unless you test your plan.
Backup applications may fail and a critical employee may be unavailable, thus
making task cross-training an imperative
part of the plan, and many other hiccups
can hinder a plan from being effective.
Testing the plan several times a year can
ensure that the plan is running smoothly.
Similarly, the disaster recovery plan must
be updated on an on-going basis as new
assets or applications are added. This will
ensure no asset gets left behind when disaster strikes.
No one likes to think that a disaster
could strike their business. However, no
business is immune to disaster, and it is
a question of when a disaster will come,
not if. Being prepared with a recovery
plan is the difference between having the
ability to support your customers and
be operational or a business ruined. By
establishing a disaster recovery plan and
keeping it updated and tested, businesses
can be one step ahead. q

TECHNOLOGY

gency response and recovery in the event
of damage.
As a key part of the supply chain, disasters that affect warehouses and distribution centers will inevitably affect
other operations in the supply chain, so
a disaster recovery plan is of the utmost
importance. Having an effective recovery plan can minimize downtime or loss
of data, therefore minimizing the impact
to the rest of the supply chain and helping
customers and vendors maintain trust in
your business if a disaster strikes. It's far
less expensive to create a disaster recovery plan than it is to re-acquire lost customers after a disaster occurs.
So what goes into a disaster recovery
plan, and where should you start? The
first step is perhaps one of the simplest,
yet one of the most crucial components. A
complete inventory of all devices and applications, as well as a list of jobs and vendor technical support information must
be listed out. This list should be sorted
and ranked, with critical assets your business absolutely cannot operate without
specifically noted or marked with a star.
Natural disasters, fires, broken water

As chief information officer, Kevin Beasley
provides vision and leadership in technology
planning for Vormittag Associates Inc. (VAI).
Beasley oversees both the corporation's technology strategy in conjunction with product
development and the internal information
technology initiatives that support VAI's
goals. With an in-depth working knowledge
of enterprise resource planning software
development, Beasley is an integral part of
VAI's leadership team. For more information,
visit www.vai.net.

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