For proper business continuity, it’s important that a company’s leadership and IT are aligned on similar values and objectives. But sometimes these two groups don’t see eye-to-eye on the same things. This was especially true for Bluelock’s 2016 survey results.

Our survey gathered responses from a total of 228 IT/DR professionals and VP and C-level executives – all from varying industries and company sizes. It examined how the two groups perceived IT disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity.

The Findings

We discovered that 73% of executives cited high confidence in their company’s ability to recover data, while only 45% of IT professionals felt this way. This could be having a severe impact on the ability to recover quickly – and it could be affecting a lot of people, given that one out of three companies have experienced a technology-related disruption in the past two years.

While both groups unanimously agree that protecting against technology-related disruptions is at-a-minimum “moderately important,” there is still a perception that DR is too time-consuming to implement (14% IT, 33% exec). Though both majorities agreed their companies are “moderately willing” to protect against technology-related disruptions, they cite “more pressing priorities” as a hindrance.

What the Results Mean

Disconnects highlight areas of much-needed dialogue between IT professionals and company executives. Because so many businesses rely on technology to operate and generate revenue, it’s important to address these gaps in opinion.

Failure to resolve these disconnects could leave businesses unprotected against cyber-attacks, weather-related events and human errors. Since the impact of technology-related disruptions can be hugely detrimental to overall business continuity, it may be worth considering an outsourced or partnership model for DR. Even though the majority of those who have not invested in DR (34%) desire to implement this data protection on their own, a Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) provider, like Bluelock, can solve not only data protection challenges, but also provide the much-needed bridge for confidence and awareness between company leadership and IT teams.

Bluelock Survey Cover Page

To Learn More

We’ve created an eBook of the survey results, which covers the following:

  • How IT professionals and company executives differ in values, awareness and beliefs
  • How technology-related disruptions impact business continuity
  • What IT professionals and executives seek most when investing in IT disaster recovery

To read the full survey results, click here.

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