Business continuity management is often put on hold during times of austerity. Understanding the full benefits of a business continuity management programme is key to obtaining board-level support, appropriate funding and to ‘selling’ the concept to stakeholders.
The obvious benefits of a business continuity management programme, such as enabling mission critical activities to recover from an incident, can be reasonably straightforward to determine and explain. However, some equally important benefits require more thorough consideration;
- A clearer understanding of processes within an organisation can be obtained by undertaking a business impact analysis within a BCM programme. This enhanced understanding can assist process optimisation programmes resulting in expenditure reductions.
- The likelihood of recovery from an incident is directly related to the simplicity of processes. A business continuity management programme will assist in simplifying processes and therefore ensure that they are easier to recover in the event of a crisis.
- In many organisations rational structures may be overlooked when growth becomes the most important driver. A business continuity management programme can assist in rectifying this problem by mapping out the organisational structure. This assists in highlighting where bureaucratic and inefficient structures have developed.
- By understanding the vital records that support the mission-critical activities of an organisation, storage needs can be identified. The cost of storage can be a major drain on organisational budgets and a good business continuity management programme will assist in setting priorities.
- Identifying business risks before they happen will enable an organisation to avoid them in the first place.
BS25999 is the Business Continuity and Business Resilience certification standard that has worldwide applicability. The BS25999 BCMS Implementation Toolkit contains all the templates and tools that enable a BC manager to quickly and effectively implement a BCMS in line with BS25999.
This toolkit also contains electronic copies of the following specialist guides, which are useful both for the project manager and for other team members, as well as for training and awareness activity:
The BS25999 BCMS Toolkit is available for immediate download.