Congratulations! You’re Now a Business Continuity Planner

Congratulations! We’d Like You to Implement a Business Continuity Program in our Organization

Picking up the pieces and starting a business continuity program takes finding a BC mentor to a whole new level

We last spoke about finding one or several subject matter experts to help you understand a bit more about business continuity, disaster recovery and crisis management in your organization. Your inquisitiveness and understanding in these areas has brought you to the attention of management and perhaps positions you to be the best candidate to continue / restart BCP efforts. You’ve become a business continuity planner!

While simple interest doesn’t necessarily get you promoted, maybe your experience in Information Technology, business operations, Audit / EDP Audit or facility management qualifies you earn the confidence needed to support your BCP efforts.

Once the congratulations and best wishes die down, your response will be “Wow (or insert your favorite exclamation here)”! What do I do now? NOT TO WORRY!

Next Steps

1. You already have management support for your endeavor and you must now move to insure that the “champion” of your program is either a C-Level executive (CEO, COO, CFO, CIO, etc.) or a BCP Steering Committee to whom you will report progress and discuss future moves.

You will be putting forth a significant amount of effort and will need a high-level of support to establish the communications and cooperation needed to create a successful program. Cooperation from the business and IT units; communication with all personnel in the organization to emphasize the importance of business continuity to protect their livelihood.

2. See DRI International’s “professional practices” series to give you a “to-do” list when crafting your goals and BCP project plan. These documents will give you a step-by-step plan to implement a BCP program. DRII offers classes around the country which can be helpful to you. They also hold one yearly conference for collaboration and networking opportunities.

These, and many other BCP conferences, allow you to discuss your efforts with others in the industry and learn some methods that others use that may not be documented in any manuals. Save the ballgames, amusement parks, zoos, etc, for after conference sessions and take advantage of the information provided. I especially find the morning “General Sessions” very informative because they are presented by leaders in the industry.

3. If you had BC predecessors, you’ll want to spend time evaluating successes they had and determining which areas need to be brought up-to-speed. Use the professional practices above to measure current status.

Orientation

If you’re starting fresh, your management may have already given you some priorities but keep in mind that we’re talking BUSINESS continuity here. Concentrate on performing a Business Impact Assessment (some say Analysis) as soon as possible. The BIA will define the critical functions in your organization. These functions will be recovered first in the event of an outage and the CONTINUITY procedures you have guarding them must be solid and dependable.

Focus on the above and you’ll soon begin realizing your own successes. A business continuity program is just that – a program that keeps evolving. And remember, to you and to all practitioners in our industry, BCP doesn’t just mean Business Continuity Planner. It also means: Business Continuity Preacher. We all need to keep stressing the benefits of preparation. Get your sermon ready.

As you know, Strategic BCP Consultants are always available to answer any questions or act as mentors.

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