Is Backup Transformation one of your 2013 resolutions? Watch the video and read the blog for strategies to improve your chances of success.
According to Jeremy Dean, a research psychologist at University College London, “most resolutions are too vague, too hard and too spontaneous” and that’s why we often struggle to keep them.
However, there are things we can do to improve our chances of success, even two weeks or more into the New Year. Specifically, Dean says five strategies can help:*
- Balance good and bad. Be sure to consider obstacles as well as positives.
- Focus on process. Identify the steps you’ll need to take. Don’t just focus on the end goal.
- Think “if/then.” Avoid vague resolutions. Link actions to common situations and consequences.
- Replace don’t erase. Replace bad habits with better ones. Don’t just terminate them.
- Keep on repeating. Practice makes perfect. It’s habit-forming.
If you have been following us on The Backup Window or emc.com/BackupLeader, you’ve heard us echo these same strategies across our pages when we talk about backup transformation:
- Balance good and bad. Recognizing that backup is a business bottleneck is a good thing. Deciding you’re going to move to a services-oriented model, even better. But doing so blindly can cost you momentum and dollars. Continue reading…“Why It’s More than Okay to Say ‘No’.”
- Focus on process. Whether you’re looking to shed 20 pounds, run your first 15K or accelerate business with better backup, you’ve got to think about – and detail – the steps you’ll need to take to achieve your goal. You’ve got to have a plan. Find out more… “What’s Your (Backup) Game Plan?” and “Changing the Game Is A Process.”
- Think “if/then.” If you’re goal is backup nirvana, start off with the plan to replace tape systems with disk quarterly to improve backup performance or, as EMC chief oracle architect did, eliminate resource constraints by backing up a database from a storage clone. Find out more…“EMC’s Chief Oracle Architect Speaks Out.”
- Replace don’t erase. Backup transformation isn’t about ripping out architectures or processes. Remember, transformation is all about building a scalable, flexible service offering that delivers what your organization needs when it needs it. Find out more… “Do You Want Chaos with That?”
- Keep on repeating. Start with one application or one team, see what works and repeat.
If you’ve made a resolution around backup this year or backup transformation is already part of you 2013 plans, let us know how it’s going. What’s working, what’s not? And if you don’t, please watch this short video (link above) in which Stephen Manley explains backup is key to business acceleration. Oh, and be sure to check back, I’ll be sharing parts II and II of this three-part video series in upcoming posts.
* To read the full descriptions of each strategy, click here: .