CFIA in 4 Easy Pieces
The final step is to develop a request for change (RFC) to address the improvements identified. Examine first the Xs, then the Bs, by asking the following questions:
As you get good at CFIA, consider expanding your CFIA matrix to include the procedure used to recover from a CI failure as a row across the bottom of your CFIA matrix. (Of course, this requires that you are mature enough to have written procedures.) Adding documented response procedures to your CFIA matrix lets you examine the organization as well as infrastructure.
For each entry in your table ask yourself:
Effective CFIA at any level of infrastructure, organization, or both delivers RFCs that can result in real improvements to the business without requiring high process maturity or expensive supporting software.
There are some other IT-centric benefits to CFIA as well, including a head-start on IT service continuity management; aiding configuration management, which benefits from the addition of recovery procedures to the CMDB; and problem and incident management who may follow these procedures.