Computer Weekly: restoring data from backups

In this piece, we will look at a key step in the business continuity, DR and backup and recovery process: can you restore data from your backups?

Too often, enterprises invest heavily in backup and recovery, but fail to test that their systems actually work.

The piece will cover:

  • The key elements of reliable restores from backup
  • Auditing backup processes
  • The 3-2-1 backup rule
  • How do you test the integrity of a backup?
  • The importance of testing backups and restoration
  • What are the objectives of backup testing?
  • How often should you test restores from backups?

I am looking for analyst comments and best practice guidance. Best practice can come from anywhere in the industry, but I am unable to quote vendors directly.

To contribute to the piece, please contact me by email no later than 1700hrs GMT on Friday March 1st.

Computer Weekly: data analytics and enterprise applications coverage, and a piece on cloud ERP

I am writing some additional pieces for Computer Weekly, in the areas of data analytics and BI, and in enterprise applications.

A couple are already in the editorial pipeline, so do keep an eye open for them.

Meanwhile I am looking for input for a piece on what organisations should consider, when moving core ERP to the cloud. This is less a pros and cons piece than a breakdown of the process. Some points we will cover are:

  • Why move ERP to the cloud?
  • How to do it (lift and shift, vendor-managed cloud, cloud native ERP perhaps?)
  • What functionality or other improvements will they see?
  • What’s the value to the business?
  • What are the risks?

I’m interested in the process firms go through when making this decision, and understanding best practice for a migration. I am keen to speak to analysts, consultants and CIOs who have made the journey.

I would prefer not to receive pre-written comment in the first instance, but a brief paragraph on who you are putting forward, and why. I’m also happy to receive white papers and other research.

The deadline for leads is Monday 5th February, with a view of completing all interviews that week or early the week after.

Please email your submissions in the first instance.