Media Kit: 2010 AT&T Business Continuity Study

Summary of Survey

AT&T has released the results of its annual study on business continuity and disaster recovery preparedness for U.S. businesses in the private sector, now in its ninth consecutive year. AT&T surveyed IT executives from business and organizations throughout the United States that have at least $10 million in annual revenue to get their views on disaster planning and business continuity trends.

AT&T offers a wide array of business continuity services, encompassing disaster planning, risk management, recovery preparedness and communications readiness. AT&T Business Continuity Services are comprehensive, providing enterprises with business-impact analysis, risk assessments, enterprise hosting and application services, a full continuum of storage solutions, high-availability network solutions and network and IT security solutions.

National Study Results

Businesses across the U.S. are responding more to the need for business continuity planning in which 83% of organizations have a business continuity plan in place, up 14% in the past five years. Gulf Coast executives are most likely to indicate that their plans have been fully tested in the past year (61% compared to 54%, nationally).

Full details on the national study results can be found here. [PDF]

In addition, AT&T has provided year over year study results here [PowerPoint]

Key findings explored in the study:

  • The importance of business continuity plans is evident by the additional requirements that companies have regarding the plans, especially as it relates to emerging technologies. Most IT executives are concerned about the increased usage of social networking capabilities and mobile networks/devices and their potential impact on security threats.
  • IT budgets are expected to be about the same or higher than in the previous two years (70%), compared to only half (56%) in 2009 who predicted this level of funding. This is good news compared to last year when a plurality (40%) of executives indicated their budgets were being cut.

Additionally, AT&T recently conducted an online Small Business Technology Poll of more than 2,000 small business owners nationwide to gain a better understanding of the importance of technology to their daily operations. Not surprisingly, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of small business owners would find it challenging to survive without wireless technology. See more results here. [PPT]

Local Survey Markets

The 2010 AT&T Business Continuity Study is based on an online survey of 530 Information Technology (IT) executives in five U.S. metropolitan/regional areas. For more information on the results of these individual markets, click on the Map above or the links below.

Previous Study Results

Over the past nine years, we've surveyed IT executives from companies nationwide to get their views on disaster planning and business continuity trends.

2008 Business Continuity Study

View the results of our 2009 Business Continuity Study