Build a Next Generation BI with a Game Changing BI Strategy
IT and BI providers are under pressure to provide an environment that facilitates flexible delivery of data to business users to empower informed decision making.
Even if a BI strategy was originally developed, its relevance declines over time if BI providers are not continually revisiting ever-changing business needs and the reality of new data sources that could be added in the mix.
Many organizations jump straight into solution design and purchase the latest BI platform without a true understanding of the organization’s needs, or without assessing practices and processes around the data feeding BI.
Keep your systems dormant until disaster strikes. Prepare as much of your environment as possible without tapping into compute resources. Enjoy the low at-rest costs, and leverage the reliability of the cloud in your failover.
Avoid failure on the failback! Bringing up your systems in the cloud is a great temporary solution, but an expensive long-term strategy. Make sure you have a plan to get back on premises.
Leverage cloud DR as a start for cloud migration. Cloud DR provides a gateway for broader infrastructure lift and shift to cloud IaaS, but this should only be the first phase of a longer-term roadmap that ends in multi-service hybrid cloud.
Impact and Result
Calculate the cost of your DR solution with a cloud vendor. Test your systems often to build out more accurate budgets and to define failover and failback action plans to increase confidence in your capabilities.
Define “good enough” performance by consulting with the business and setting correct expectations for the recovery state.
Dig deeper into the various flavors of cloud-based DR beyond backup and restore, including pilot light, warm standby, and multi-site recovery. Each of these has unique benefits and challenges when done in the cloud.