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Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity are completely different. They are siblings but still two separate and unique topics. Disaster Recovery is technology + process + people for IT systems. Business continuity is people + process for business functions. You can have Business Continuity without Disaster Recovery. The opposite is a total waste of money. If there is no plan for the business to recover and connect to IT systems, you are pouring money down the drain.

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 It is ironic that this is a debate with some business leaders! IT, by its very nature and existence, is automation. However, without proper process, automation fails to hit the mark. Efficiency and time to market are the cornerstones of competition at a pure business level. Thus, automation is not simply a nice to have but a elemental component of business.

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Centralization of IT is definitely a good start in cost savings; however, it is not, by any means, all that it is cracked up to be without a vision for the future with an architecture to match. What kind of savings were realized by decommissioning systems, applications, and common infrastructure components? These will be minimal in context to the true sharing of resources to provide standardized, commoditized, and meaningful service levels (platinum, gold, silver, etc.). A utility model is a blast from the past but still viable. Cloud computing, at its very root, is a derivative of utility computing.
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The issues why organizations are not adept at adapting is about:
1) Anxiety around Change (first and foremost)
2) Lack of Vision
3) Lack of appropriate policies based upon Vision
4) Ineffective / non-aligned Strategies that connect with the business
5) and the list goes on.

IT has been consumed as a commodity in the past and not as a service which has led to inappropriate expectations by business of IT, such as lower cost without an effect in service, agility, complexity, rigor, efficiency, and results.

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Enterprise Capacity Planning is a program which epitomizes the adage, “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts”.  Too often we look at capacity management myopically. We focus on a particular portion of the environment (i.e. storage, network, server, etc.). Enterprise capacity planning, on the other hand, encompasses all of the elements of the environment, including HVAC, power, floor space, and the like. Therefore, we must also understand our loads, pipeline for the future, and end of life components.

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