At this critical time, Info-Tech Research Group wants to help IT leaders make a difference within their organization.
As you strive to sift through the fast-evolving situation, and separate out misinformation from fact, we’ve built a comprehensive, one-stop resource to guide you. Info-Tech’s COVID-19 Resource Center consolidates all the resources you need to effectively navigate this crisis, including daily updates, regular webinars, and videos.
Download this comprehensive methodology without cost or commitment. Info-Tech’s COVID-19 & Recession Resource Center includes over 500 pages of power point strategy guides, 16 communication ready templates and 8 excel tools.
The most important thing you can do is communicate to internal and external stakeholders. Be transparent, communicate clearly and frequently. Pre-plan for this likely crisis to improve your ability to respond to a pandemic and implement a structure that can be applied to a wide range of other potential crises.
Research:Implement Crisis Management Best Practices
Template: Crisis Communication Guidelines and Templates
Template: Emergency Response Plan Checklist
Template: Example Crisis Management Process Flowcharts
Pandemic planning involves more than technology. Addressing employee concerns and absences, temporary work arrangements and process changes, health and safety, and other downstream effects of a pandemic can be difficult to work through. Equip managers and employees with the necessary information and guidance to navigate these uncertain times.
Research: Develop a Balanced Flexible Work Program
Template: Flexible Work Time Policy
Template: Flexible Work Action and Communication Plan
Template: Talent Metrics Library
Tool: Flexible Work Options Selection Tool
Research: Pandemic Preparation – The People Playbook
Business Continuity Plan
If you don’t have a BCP, you should get one in a hurry. If you have one, we can review it with you. We’ll help you streamline the traditional approach to make BCP development manageable and repeatable.
Research: Develop a Business Continuity Plan
Template: Example BCP Recovery Workflow
Template: Business Continuity Management Policy
Template: BCP Executive Presentation
Tool: BCP Business Impact Analysis Tool
Tool: BCP Maturity Scorecard
Disaster Recovery Plan
You’ll need it for a pandemic scenario if mass absenteeism is going to bring your business to a screeching halt. Cost-effective DR and service continuity starts with identifying what is truly mission critical so you can focus resources accordingly.
Research: Create a Right-Sized Disaster Recovery Plan
Template: DRP Recovery Workflow Template
Template: DRP Vendor Evaluation Tool
Template: Severity Definitions and Escalation Rules Template
Tool: DRP Business Impact Analysis Tool
Tool: DRP Maturity Scorecard
Make sure your network is ready for the crushing demand that remote workers will put on internet bandwidth, network, and VPN infrastructure. This is the time to solidify the business case for your network modernization project by demonstrating and quantifying the hard dollar value it provides to the business, which in the case of a pandemic response can be the difference between weathering the storm and sinking the ship.
The fast-evolving, pandemic-driven economic environment around your organization, sector, and geography will compel quick and decisive cost-cutting efforts. This is not a matter of if, but when, and now is the time to begin reviewing all aspects of IT spend that can potentially be pulled back. Work with the business to understand their cost savings roadmap, and ensure IT’s plans maximize savings without exposing the broader organization to unnecessary risk.
Research: Minimize the Damage of IT Cost Cuts
Template: Workforce Planning Workbook
Tool: Cost-Cutting Planning Tool
Tool: SaaS TCO Calculator
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