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August 10, 2020 - by Synoptek
The risk to normal business operations has always been high. Malicious actors, natural calamities, a power outage, or even genuine insider mistakes can cost enterprises heavily. Not only can such events result in downtime, it can also severely impact employee morale, business reputation, customer perception as well as competitive position. Protecting data and business information systems from possible disasters means organizations must leverage modern tools and technologies for disaster recovery planning. This post provides insights to IT leaders on how to leverage SAP for disaster recovery.
In a world where meeting business goals and customer expectations has become extremely critical, SAP ERP is a boon for small and medium-sized businesses. Through automation of business functions across financial management, operations management, and human resource management, SAP offers several benefits including:
Meet the distinct needs of different businesses in different sectors and regions
Increase employee productivity and efficiency through improved access to information and analytics
Gain better customer relationship management by leveraging customer insights and advanced reporting and analytics
Received better tracking of transactions between business, suppliers, and customers
Connect other business systems to provide a birds-eye view of metrics across the enterprise
In an age where customers expect seamless experiences with the brands they interact with, even a single second of downtime can prove very costly – not just in terms of poor customer satisfaction but also in terms of trust and loyalty. Since disasters can happen anytime, anywhere, and can affect anyone without warning, without a disaster recovery plan in place, the chances of severe consequences are many. In addition to data loss and downtime, a disaster can also lead to severe losses with many companies even filing for bankruptcy – if proper immediate action is not taken.
With a disaster capable of causing critical components of a business environment to become unavailable, having a disaster recovery plan in place helps in resuming work quickly while minimizing the impact of the aftermath of a disaster. Benefits include:
Multinational software corporation SAP offers robust disaster recovery services that lets you restore your business after a disaster, while minimizing service degradation and data loss. Using cloud technology, it allows businesses to choose from a plan that best suits their needs and retrieve information from a remote server – when a disaster strikes. Businesses can either choose from Standard Disaster Recovery that restores data from backups that are stored at a disaster recovery site and offers an RPO of 24 hours or Enhanced Disaster Recovery that enables quick recovery of cloud production environment in a secondary region and offers an RPO of 30 minutes and RTO of 4 hours.
At the same time, as part of SAP Disaster Recovery Plan, organizations can choose from Synchronous recovery technology where the database at the main site stays unchanged until it receives information from disaster recovery site that the database there is updated or Asynchronous where the database at the main site is allowed to make changes – irrespective of changes updated at the disaster recovery site.
In addition, businesses can opt for different approaches to SAP Disaster Recovery Plan based on their business needs. These include:
Implementing a Disaster Recovery Plan is crucial for businesses who want to maintain the performance and functionality of their operations 24×7. However, there is no one-size-fits-all strategy that can work for every organization. Every plan depends on an organization’s existing IT infrastructure, the criticality of applications, the RTO and RPO required, as well as the level of security and budget available. Here are some tips:
Given how vulnerable modern businesses are to disasters of different kinds, they need to be prepared to deal with them. Having a robust Disaster Recovery Plan in place is a great way to minimize the impact of a disaster – from irreparable damage to data to complete business shutdown. Since almost every minute of downtime can prove costly for a business, companies need to minimize the possible downtime as much as they can. SAP disaster recovery plan offers companies different options to protect their IT environment and restore normal operations quickly and efficiently. With SAP, businesses can not only get their business back in action, they can also maintain employee morale, customer loyalty, and competitive position.
Interested in leveraging your SAP for disaster recovery planning? Contact an expert at Synoptek today.
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