SAP TechEd 2011 Impressions: Day 2

by Dave Hannon

September 14, 2011

By Dave Hannon


Today's episode: There's a disaster coming, so put your helmet on

Beyond SAP HANA and mobility, the theme I see emerging here at SAP TechEd 2011 is disaster recovery. It is definitely a bigger area of interest this year than last year and for good reason, given what's taken place here in the U.S. and abroad in the past year.

In New England alone, we had tornadoes, an earthquake, and a hurricane that continues to cause flood problems. And of course, the Japanese earthquake was another reminder that we all need to have a disaster recovery plan in place.

This year at TechEd, I caught one session (by Honeywell) dedicated to disaster recovery plans, but noticed when it's mentioned in other sessions, there is a flurry of follow-up questions. I started writing down some of the questions that attendees seem to have when it comes to disaster recovery.

  • How far away should your disaster site be?
  • Exactly how much of you IT landscape should you have stored there?
  • What is the best method of storing it?
  • How often do you back it up?
  • When do you need to be back up and running by?
  • Is your database part of this backup?

When it comes to the question of how much to back up, presenter Randy Subryan of Pacific Coast Companies today told attendees, "With disaster recovery you can either go big or small, but there's no middle ground." And in a session yesterday, Honeywell's Bhasker Ravikanti told attendees that a company needs to decide how much data it can afford to lose as part of its disaster recovery plan. That' 's a tough decision.

These are difficult questions but very very important ones. In some ways, your IT disaster recovery plan may mean more to your business than any individual piece of software or hardware. So give it some thought and ask business users to do the same.

Other random things from day 2 of SAP TechEd:

  • We were greeted this morning by a perfect rainbow in Las Vegas. But you had to be up early to see it. 
  • There's also a cycling conference called InterBike taking place at the Venitian today. It makes for some interesting blends of people walking side by side in the hallways during breaks.
  • Vendors are not all that pleased with the extra-wide rows on the trade show floor. Gives gawkers (like me) way too much standoff room.
  • The food at TechEd continues to impress me. Today, for lunch there was pot pie. Pot pie for 6,500? That's impressive.

See also:
SAP TechEd 2011 Impressions: Day One (It's a mobile world, so put your sneakers on)


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Scott Wallask

9/25/2013 8:57:45 PM

In another life I spent 10+ years covering emergency readiness in hospitals, and from that perspective one of the best things any company can do is to perform a hazard vulnerability analysis. This tool, which is basically an Excel spreadhseet, helps you weigh the risk of a disaster scenario against how likely it is to occur. The risks are usually divided among man-made threats, technological problems, and natural events. Each scenario gets a score, and the scores are ranked to give you an idea of which ones truly are the most worrisome to your particular company. You can find tons of free examples by Googling "hazard vulnerabilty analysis."