- Natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, COVID-19 pandemic have increased executive awareness and internal pressure to create a business continuity plan (BCP).
- Similarly, industry and government-driven regulations are placing more focus on business continuity capabilities.
- Customers are also demanding that organizations provide evidence that they have a workable BCP before agreeing to do business.
- BCP requires input from multiple departments with different and sometimes conflicting objectives. There are typically few, if any, dedicated resources for BCP, so it can’t be a full-time, resource-intensive project.
- As an IT leader you have the skill set and organisational knowledge to lead a BCP project, but ultimately business leaders need to own the BCP – they know their processes, and therefore, their requirements to resume business operations better than anyone else.
- The traditional approach to BCP is a massive project that most organisations can’t execute without hiring a consultant. To execute BCP in-house, carve up the task into manageable pieces as outlined in this blueprint.
Impact and Result
- Focus on implementing a structured and repeatable process that can be applied to one business unit at a time to avoid BCP becoming an overwhelming project.
- Enable business leaders to own the BCP going forward by establishing a template that the rest of the organization can follow.
- Leverage BCP outcomes to refine IT DRP recovery objectives and achieve DRP-BCP alignment.
Research and Tools
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The Executive Brief
Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should develop a business continuity plan, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project
1. Define BCP scope, objectives, and stakeholders
Assess current maturity, establish a team, and choose a pilot business unit. Identify business processes, dependencies, and alternatives.
2. Define RTOs and RPOs based on your BIA
Define an objective impact scoring scale, estimate the impact of downtime, and set recovery targets.
3. Create a recovery workflow
Build a workflow of the current steps for business recovery. Identify gaps and risks to recovery. Brainstorm and prioritize solutions to address gaps and mitigate risks.
4. Establish a BCMS to govern and improve your BCP
Present pilot project results and next steps. Create BCMS teams. Update and maintain BCMS documentation.