Frequently Asked Questions

northridge2In the course of experience disaster recovery as a desciption has become business continuity.  The difference, one focused on data center and catastrophic failure, the other operating a better stronger business.  A business that can survive the worst of sitiations and stay on top of the competition.  A few of the most important notes are included here.  Call us if you need answers or suggestions.

To BIA or not to BIA

 Before jumping on the bandwagon because someone just heard about business impact analysis you need to understand what it means, how to develop the analysis process, how to gather the data and confirm the responses, what can do for the business, and the relationship to business continuity.  If anyone believes BIA is fast and furious it is “time to wake up.”  Having been in the “disaster recovery”, now business continuity business for 30 plus years I have learned that over simplification of business continuity is common and rushing into things ends up costing more than the value possibly gained.  The business impact analysis (BIA) is one of the best investments a business can make if they are developing or have a business or disaster recovery plan.  After all, how can you protect and recovery something if you don’t know what you have, where it is in the business process and how much it is worth? 

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Use a Consultant or Not?

Business Continuity Management (BC or BCM) (sometimes and still termed Disaster Recovery) is a full business discipline to itself.  Consider work process such as; accounting, information systems programming, welding, assembly line, sales, and corporate management, each have distinct responsibilities within each job description.  So why assign business continuity responsibility as a part time, as possible, read up on it and write a plan position?  The end result of a well-developed plan becomes a program benefiting the business in financial and tangible ways.

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Confusing Terminology?

In the business world today Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, Business Resilience, Continuity of Operations are just a few of the terms in use.  While these and other phrases are tossed about by everyone they are more often only partially understood.  After all, why recover a disaster and don’t we all expect a business to continue and support services to always be available? 

 The terminology developed over many years and is derived from several sources.  The world of early technology coined the terms for data backup and restore.  Disaster recovery started when “catastrophic failures”, generally hardware failure, were more common occurrences than today.  

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