So the place to begin defining your disaster recovery plan is not in the server room but rather out among the business units. For example, maybe you work for a financial institution that has to comply with Sarbanes_Oxley, HIPAA or PATRIOT Act regulations. Information availability is required under all conditions, including routine back_up. Fines for non_compliance and damage to reputation for failure to comply are huge. Or Your organization manufactures precision electronic components and your ERP and inventory management systems must be operational during the week. Downtime costs you /hour. However, routine maintenance can be performed during the week. Or Your company processes a high volume of data entry, fulfillment processing and shipping operations around the clock. Downtime has been calculated to be ผ꺜 per hour.
The first section of the marketing plan is the SITUATION ANALYSIS. In this section you look at your challenges, your competition, and how you are unique in the marketplace. The situation analysis lays the foundation for your goals, strategies and tactics. This is accomplished through a thorough analysis of your self and your specific situation or market. In this section you create your Unique Selling Proposition (U.S.P.). The second section of the plan defines your TARGET AUDIENCE. Here is where you uncover who has a NEED for your product or service. This involves profiling you existing customers and finding common attributes. The purpose of the exercise is to ultimately create an "ideal customer profile". In the Target Audience section of the document you decide which customers you are going to approach with your marketing efforts.