Keep On Keeping On

Hartley, John
March 2005
AIIM E-DOC;Mar/Apr2005, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p28
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the basics of business continuity (BC). BC and disaster recovery are usually spoken about in the same breadth. However, when a company is involved in disaster recovery, it is primarily preoccupied with getting its IT infrastructure back up and running. If, on the other hand, it must primarily address an interruption in business operations due to factors like faulty work processes, employees being on strike or out sick, or suppliers being unable to deliver, then it's got BC problems. Primarily the IT department solves disaster recovery problems, while solutions to BC problems might depend on personnel from any department. The overall strategy for how to handle a BC problem must also be plotted in advance in the form of a business continuity plan. The Business Continuity Institute's "Business Guide To Continuity" Management lays out the framework for a plan and provides general advice about issues like who should be involved in its creation and how it should be tested. The best way to expedite BC planning is to use a BC consultancy to take the company through the planning process. BC also has to be concerned with content continuity.


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