Formulating a Data Recovery Plan

One of the primary mistakes a company makes is not creating a data recovery plan that is as well thought out and managed as their authoring or tracking projects. Good operations management oversees recovery with the same attention to detail, planning, and adjustment as every other aspect of data management and operations. The best way to formulate your plan is to make it a part of the management oversight.

data recovery planIf this is not done, then any interruption to the program can not only result in a loss of data, but a significant loss in time and cost as repair and recovery is implemented. IT management and recovery is not magic and it can be most supportive of data operations if there is a recovery plan in place before you begin. Prolonging the interruption while purchasing acquires an Outlook repair program can be potentially devastating, as can any interruption to the use of any of the data and information programs you use.

Deciding What Needs to be Covered

The first step is to know what programs need to have recovery and repair systems in place. If you are using Word, Outlook, Excel and/or SQL you need to pre-purchase programs that can repair any known errors, faults or data corruptions. You have to also keep your rescue programs in step with your versions of the programs you are using. An outdated SQL recovery program for Windows XP isn’t going to help with corruption in the Windows 8 environment.

The best way to make sure that your Word Recovery plans are going to be adequate to your needs is to make upgrading the repair program a companion step to the process of upgrading your Word program. Another important part of operations management and project planning is to build into the milestone schedule a regular review of systems and operations that surveys operators for sporadic interruptions to forewarn you of potential system interruptions.

A Change to the Culture

Creating a successful and effective data repair system means there has to be a core change in the corporate culture. IT is usually seen and treated as a department that is not as integrated in the data collection and input process as it could be. If Excel processors are more familiar with the extent of Excel repair that can be done by your IT department, and IT is kept informed of the changing data formulas and needs of the project, they can better work together to restore systems.

The most common complaint about IT is being told to just “turn off and turn on” the computer, which is taken as meaning the problem is not serious or a result of operator error. When both sides of the process are aware of what each other’s role and capabilities are, communication and problem resolution becomes more efficient and effective.


Alan Chen is President and Chairman of DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies. For more information on any of our products, visit DataNumen. If you have any questions concerning our products, services or your order, please contact us and we will be glad to assist you.

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