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Business Continuity Planning

Why Plan for Business Continuity?

Planning for the continuity of business in the wake of a disaster

  • is a prudent business practice

  • increases the probability of the survival of your company as a business entity in the event a disaster disables our facilities

  • minimizes the operational and reputational impacts of the incident

  • reduces your exposure to financial costs / loss as the result of the disaster by:

    • Minimizing costs during a disaster and recovery (eliminates need for re-work or duplicate work because required efforts and plans have been put in place - i.e. people know what to do; when to do it; and the most efficient way to do it)
    • Shortening the elapsed time to respond to a disaster and perform a recovery

  • reduces ongoing operating costs, as some insurance companies now provide discounts for businesses that maintain effective business recovery planning programs (The discounts are usually for business-interruption insurance)
  • reduces your company's exposure:

    • where a law, statute or regulation requires a business to have disaster recovery capability
    • where a contract requires a business to have business recovery capability
    • and more applicably, in cases of common law. Most jurisdictions require officers of corporations to exercise what is called "good business judgment" which, in some circumstances, can refer to business/disaster recovery.

The DCL Group can provide a cost-effective solution to developing a business continuity plan for your company. For more information about how we have helped our clients address this pressing issue, please see our sample engagements.

Experts Speak Out

•    Compaq: Of companies that lose their data in a disaster, half never reopen for business and, of those that survive, only 10 percent stay in business longer than two years.

•    Gartner: encourages companies to expand their plans beyond business equipment and assets to include the safety of personnel and the coordination of employees if they're displaced from their offices. "Because [Sept. 11] was so dramatic and affected so many businesses, it wasn't clear for many companies who was in charge."

•    Information Week: Until Sept. 11, an executive's worst nightmare might have involved the loss of a key building to fire or a natural disaster such as an earthquake or tornado. But the thought of hundreds of employees dying in a terrorist attack was unfathomable, as was the notion that a single event could indefinitely interrupt such basic business necessities as telecommunications and transportation. That's why a companywide approach to disaster recovery - also referred to as business continuity planning - has become a higher priority at many companies.

Companies directly affected by the events of September aren't the only ones giving business continuity planning more serious thought. According to an InformationWeek Research survey of 250 IT and business managers responsible for their companies' business continuity and / or disaster recovery plans, more than half the managers surveyed said their companies will increase spending on business continuity planning in the next 12 months - including 10% who expect a significant jump in expenditures.

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