Business Continuity – Definition and Understanding

15 Jan

“Business Continuity – Developing a framework to support management teams in creating business continuity plans”.

Defining Business Continuity is vital upon successfully developing this framework and I feel should not be left with any ambiguity and so I decided to build on Billynomates2012 initial blog which accurately defined Business Continuity.

Business Continuity – the term needs to be addressed substantially before beginning how one can support management teams in creating business plans. Billynomates2012 provided us with an outstanding beginning to this blog and I must applaud his efforts in helping me understand the term more.

I would like to outline some practical examples of business continuity plans to copper fasten the term in both my groups minds and maybe even the oppositions. Billynomates2012 describes business continuity using expressions such as ‘holistic’, ‘critical business functions’ and ‘maintenance’. I particularly liked the description whereby he quotes Business Continuity as ‘those activities performed daily to maintain service, consistency, and recoverability’. I gained a real insight by these definitions.

Throughout some initial research, I began noticing that Business Continuity is a very pragmatic business practice and I found some interesting images to help understand it. Dorsetconnects.com explains how a business continuity plan can help your business; “After a hardware malfunction, data loss, or weather disaster, how long will it take your business to be up and running? Without a proper business continuity plan, most small businesses incur 3 to 4 days of downtime from the most common hardware failure”. (www.dorsetconnects.com)

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This image below shows simply how the business needs to put a plan in place to explain how they will get through future problems using very pragmatic approach. Management needs to be put in place these Business Continuity Plans to ensure the business can stay active and avoid downtimes.

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In layman’s terms, “Business Continuity seeks to prevent interruption of mission-critical services, and to re-establish full functioning as swiftly and smoothly as possible.” (http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/definition/business-continuance).

I hope this blog compliments Billynomates2012 foundation blog and helps focus us comprehend the term Business Continuity a bit better. Your thoughts and comments are , as always, most welcome.

Jamesdaly1990.

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