This was an interesting thought brought up by SharePoint MVP Matthew McDermott at the recent Central Texas SharePoint User Group meeting.
You’ve got your SharePoint farm on replicated virtual servers with failover redundancy, your SQL servers are clustered, all of your drives are in RAID arrays, backups of your data are close at hand AND offsite, and everything is duplicated offsite at a collocation facility in case your office burns to the ground.
But you are still missing something from your planning.
What happens in case everything works out better than planned?
You are implementing SharePoint in your organization for the first time – what happens if user adoption happens faster than is forecast?
Your company buys your biggest competitor – how easily can you integrate the new staff into your SharePoint platform? Will you be able to train them?
Your company invents the greatest thing since sliced bread, and grows organically but very rapidly. Is your architecture designed to accommodate that growth?
Success can be as disastrous as disaster if you aren’t prepared for it.
Success planning is the complement to disaster planning, and a missing piece for many organizations. Don’t just think about what could go wrong, think about what could go right, and what you need to do to be prepared for it and to take advantage of it when it happens.