Have you forecasted what you are testing over the next 12 to 24 months? Forecasting your recovery exercises ahead of time is crucial to improving the ability to recover over time. There has to be a method to your madness versus using the shotgun approach. For example, in forecasting technical recovery exercises, we recommend that all computer systems are first tested in standalone mode, then tested in integrated fashion with its primary interdependencies and finally tested as part of a complete business process. Our recovery exercise forecast process takes this into account and plans it out over time.
The tangible and intangible costs of testing (e.g., T&E expense, time away from office, impact to production operations, etc.) require that the BCP Office have a rhyme and reason for exercising its recovery strategies and plans with the biggest reason being the need to improve its recovery mechanism in a structured, organized manner that has an “end in mind”.