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E-Hosting DataFort launches third BCM survey

Managed services specialist hopes to benchmark regional disaster recovery preparedness

Zeineldin: Survival and recovery in the aftermath of [business disruptions] boils down to pre-emptive contingency planning.
Zeineldin: Survival and recovery in the aftermath of [business disruptions] boils down to pre-emptive contingency planning.

Regional managed-services provider eHosting DataFort (eHDF) today announced the launch of its third Business Continuity Management Survey across the Middle East.

Organised in partnership with Continuity and Resilience (CORE) and Business Continuity Institute (BCI), the survey is intended to help understanding of the disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity management (BCM) maturity and readiness levels of regional organisations.

Businesses today are vulnerable to diverse natural or man-made disasters such as fire, earthquakes, cyclones, cyber threats and network/power failures. EHDF argues that implementation of robust BCM planning can "help enterprises effectively respond to such situations without defaulting on commitments for retaining the trust, faith and confidence of key customers and stakeholders".

Last year's survey found that close to 21% of organisations had a robust BCM programme in place for the past three years, while 14% had started maintaining and exercising their BC plan. The rest (65%) of the organisations either had no concrete plans to initiate a BCM programme or were still at different stages of implementation in the BCM lifecycle.

The key objective of the survey is to analyse the current adoption trends of DR and BCM in the region and benchmark the readiness and maturity levels against last year. The survey also aims to raise the visibility of business continuity in the minds of regional senior management and give a macro view of the corporate preparedness for BCM in the Middle East.

"In today's ever-changing and dynamic environment, any organisation is susceptible to business disruptions," said Yasser Zeineldin, CEO, eHosting DataFort.

"Survival and recovery in the aftermath of these occurrences boils down to pre-emptive and suitable contingency planning. The survey has seen tremendous success over the past two years in educating companies to better foresee and plan for such mishaps.

"In fact, we have seen an increase in the demand for disaster recovery and business continuity services and a number of customers, both local and international, have made active investments in these services."  

"Increasingly more organisations in the Middle East are adopting world-class governance and operational best practices," said Dhiraj Lal, executive director, Continuity and Resilience.

"In today's competitive scenario, an interruption in critical services is almost certain to cause an impact on customer loyalty, market share, revenues, profitability and reputation. Our successful partnership with eHDF for the third consecutive Middle East Business Continuity Survey is testament to the success of the recommendations we have offered over the past two years."