Business continuity planning (BCP) is an integral part of every company’s operations to ensure that critical business functions operate smoothly day to day. An enterprise without a clear, well formulated business continuity plan is putting itself at unnecessary risk.
What exactly is business continuity planning? It should be separated from disaster recovery planning. Business continuity planning is not just the assurance that critical business functions can recover after a disaster, but also in the support and maintenance of day to day functions, to ensure that critical business functions can recover in the event of a crisis.
One of the key areas of BCP is in keeping communication lines open at all times. External threats may unexpectedly limit interaction between employers, workers and customers. Many business continuity plans thus feature remote collaboration, in particular conferencing solutions, as vital tools that keep communication channels open. With web, video and audio conferencing solutions, meetings can go on even when it is not possible to carry out a meeting in person. Remote collaboration ensures that business applications and critical information is readily available to employees and customers at all times.
Business Continuity plans are also about maintaining productivity at all times, and remote collaboration tools very much allow employees to do just that. With collaboration tools, especially from smart mobile devices, employees can work from various remote locations or even on the go. Employees are able to carry on working as a team through online collaboration, and to continue interaction with clients through conferencing solutions. In the event of a crisis, employees who are already familiar with remote collaboration will be able to ease easily into teleworking, ensuring that productivity does not cease under any circumstances.
Security and recoverability of data and business information is another component of BCP. This is why companies turn to cloud storage as a solution, outsourcing software maintenance to hosting solutions such as cloud. Cloud allows its users to easily access cloud application through the web, without additional special software installed. There are collaboration providers who offer what is known as ‘software as a service’ (Saas), which requires little upfront investment, yet gives you peace of mind regarding on-premise hardware recovery.
Business Continuity plans are no doubt of great importance to any enterprise, and are in place to ensure that businesses can continue to function smoothly. Remote collaboration tools are useful in maintaining business functions as they foster greater interaction and high levels of collaboration between team mates. They also allow for more personal and greater customer support, which is important in any business dealings. Most importantly, these business continuity plans allow a business to switch over to remote modes of operation in times of disaster, and yet…