How, When, and If to Implement Business Continuity Software

Business continuity planning software can add significant value if it complements a strong program that has management support, competent personnel, and the information necessary to establish requirements, identify strategies, and document plans. While software will not “do business continuity planning for an organization”, it can provide an already-built and structured approach that automates what could otherwise be a manual internal process, freeing practitioners to focus on program maturation.  That said, not all software is right for every organization, so it is important to ensure any selected software is a right fit BEFORE trying to implement it.  Many organizations approach software selection anticipating that the software vendor will show them what they need or tell them what features best fit their program; however, without first understanding the program’s current state, needs, and capabilities, odds increase that organizations will select software that does not align to the current state program and could thus require significant additional customization or result in ineffective use.

This article discusses common business continuity software myths and selection issues and provides recommendations on factors to consider before deciding to pursue, select, and implement a business continuity planning software solution, so that you can get the most value from whatever option you select. Continue reading

Supporting IT Disaster Recovery Planning – A CMDB versus Traditional Business Continuity Software

Recently, a question was raised by a client regarding whether it would be better to create a method to manage technical information in support of the IT disaster recovery planning effort, acquire and implement a commercial Configuration Management Database (CMDB) solution, or customize its existing business continuity software solution. The short answer is, “it depends”. This perspective discusses this commonly asked question, which by the way, is very important given the need to understand the relationship between IT infrastructure, applications, data, and business continuity requirements. Continue reading

Business Continuity & IT Disaster Recovery – Should You Start From a Blank Page?

Building a business continuity program (or anything worthwhile for that matter) takes time and dedication.  It also requires compromises – constantly balancing what is practical and what is possible to protect the business.  BUT – it’s important to remember that politics, committees, and making everyone happy isn’t the goal of business continuity.

If you’re lost, playing the same game over and over and ending up at the same result, maybe it’s time to start from a blank page so you can focus on what matters most. Continue reading

Business Continuity Tools for Small Businesses – We Can Do Better!

Last month, we published a perspective (Business Continuity for Small Businesses – We Can Do Better!) on how most small and medium-sized organizations escape the complexity of larger organizations and thus have the opportunity to implement streamlined business continuity planning processes, which should include: Continue reading

Business Continuity for Small Businesses – We Can Do Better!

If you have less than 500 employees, odds are you don’t have someone working full-time on business continuity.  And, unless regulations require you to perform planning in some manner, your organization may not have a business continuity plan at all! Continue reading