Business Continuity Introduction

22 Jan

Introduction

Many have already defined Business Continuity. They already gave a clear understanding of Business Continuity; we now know that “Most organisations see business continuity as a process that is executed over time, rather than a static set of documentation. While there are many different approaches to business continuity methodology, nearly all of them share the elements identified below”. [1]

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What is Business continuity management (BCM)?

“Business Continuity Management means ensuring the continuity or uninterrupted provision of operations and services. BCM is an on going process with several different but complementary elements. Planning for business continuity is a comprehensive process that includes disaster recovery, business recovery, business resumption, and contingency planning as show below”. [2]

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In my future blogs I will develop the figures above in more details; this is just a brief introduction of BCM.

Concept of Business Continuity

Business continuity is basically the activity carried out by a company with the view to make sure that the important business operations would be available to the suppliers, customers, regulators as well as other entities which need to have admittance to those operations (Gibb and Buchanan, 2006). These activities take in many day to day activities like project management, change control, system backups and lastly, help desk. Moreover, business continuity is not something that is executed during an emergency. Business Continuity implies towards those activities which are carried out every day to keep up the service, recoverability and consistency (Cerullo and Cerullo, 2004). In addition to this, business continuity can also be defined as the tactical and strategic ability of the company to plan for and take actions for business disruptions and incidents so as to carry on business procedures at a satisfactory predefined standard (Herbane et. al., 2004). The basis of business continuity are program development, standards and assisting policies, procedures and guidelines required to make certain that a firm would continue without any obstruction, regardless of the unfavourable events or circumstances (Gibb and Buchanan, 2006). Further, all system design, support, implementation and maintenance need to be grounded on this foundation to hold hope of attaining business continuity, recovery from disaster or during few situations, system support (Cerullo and Cerullo, 2004).

REF:

  1. http://www.avalution.com/BCM101/Pages/default.aspx
  2. www.davislogic.com/bcm.htm

3. Cerullo, V. and Cerullo, M. J. (2004) Business continuity planning: A comprehensive approach, Information Systems Management, Vol. 21, No. 3, pp. 70-78.

4. Gibb, F. and Buchanan, S. (2006) A framework for business continuity management, International journal of information management, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 128-141.

5. Herbane, B., Elliott, D. and Swartz, E. M. (2004) Business continuity management: Time for a strategic role? Long Range Planning, Vol. 37, No. 5, pp. 435-457.

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