Business continuity is globally understood as the ability of an organization to remain operational during a disruptive event or a disaster. A lot has been written about the latter, yet an often-overlooked aspect of business continuity and a business continuity plan is its ability to make provision for events, including business process automation. CloudOak’s Plan4Continuity goes beyond disaster recovery and takes care of “normal” but critical business processes such as:
As a business owner or executive it is essential to plan thoroughly for potential crises - from fire, floods or theft to IT system failures, facilities management, and illness of key staff that can thwart or even render impossible day-to-day operations and service. Plan4Continuity includes business continuity plans for critical events and disasters but also potentially disruptive events that every organization should expect to face in their daily operations – not just fires, floods and hackers. With good planning, you can minimize the impact of or ideally prevent disruptions in these scenarios.
1. Office relocations
While not a disaster, an office relocation with the accompanying IT relocation can undoubtedly be disruptive to the day-to-day operations of any business. Furthermore, failed office relocation projects have become one of the most common causes of disaster recovery events. For this reason, a detailed business continuity plan charting out your IT relocation can ensure that you avoid delays and/or unforeseen operational problems.
Conducting inspections of your facilities can reduce various risks including equipment and service failures as well as physical security. Infrastructure includes but are not limited to plumbing, electrical systems, firefighting equipment, heating and cooling systems and facilities management such as perimeter security, security lighting, cameras, doors, gates and windows can be automated using a business continuity plan such as Plan4Continuity.
3. IT quarterly checks
Doing a quarterly review of critical IT security aspects will reduce the chances of an actual attack occurring. This goes further than telling you what to do when an attack happens; it guides you on what to do before a cyber attack with a view of avoiding the attack completely. This includes checks such as reviewing critical systems, access rights and passwords, backup data selection and operating system updates among others.
4. Loss or illness of key staff or significant numbers of staff
Finally, what happens when a staff member or members, who are central to the running of your business are absent either as a result of illness or industrial action, transport disruptions, severe weather and so forth? This may have an adverse effect on service provision too.
Plan4Continuity’s business continuity plans go beyond the traditional disaster scenarios to address events that can naturally occur in the scope of business. It documents the key business functions you need to get operational as fast as possible and the resources you'll need to do so, it assigns the roles of individuals in the emergency and transmits detailed reports during and after an event. Ensuring that your organization is robust enough to cope with scenarios such as these not only give customers and investors peace of mind but also gives you a competitive advantage.
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