Backup efforts are seen in Information Management, Content Management, Document Management, Records Management, Web Content Management, Data Management, Knowledge Management, and every other “management” discipline. In some organizations, Backup strategies remain fragmented by their disciplines, with results varying. Other organizations simply place all of the Backup capabilities with IT. Neither of those strategies should be pursued but Backup should be viewed through a lens of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.
Often Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery efforts, including Backup, are established as an organizational goal through Information Governance efforts, then are enacted as a cross-functional committee, sometimes underneath Information Governance, sometimes underneath Information Management, more often underneath Information Technology. There is no current best practice on where in the organization Backup efforts should reside within the Org Chart, they should, however, have broad participation from a variety of stakeholders that should resemble the stakeholder makeup of Information Governance efforts.
Backup efforts should not be fragmented, they should be coordinated - they should not be segmented by discipline or, worse, segmented by technology. There should be an overall organizational approach to Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery that should include Backup strategies.
The Information Coalition has published a resource called the “Relative Data Repository Valuation Methodology” that is a tool to help companies re-align their organizational Backup efforts in accordance with the value the organization places on the various repositories being backed up.