Improve Your Business Impact Analysis tip 9 – Comprehensive Report

These tips will help the business continuity management professional focus their efforts on collecting valid data from credible sources.

Tip #9 Prepare a comprehensive report with recommendations

The goal of the report is to obtain Steering Committee and Executive approval of the Recovery Time Objectives, Recovery Point Objectives and Minimum Service Levels. Business Impact Analysis reports will include:

  • An executive summary of the data
  • The data examination method
  • The data’s purpose
  • An outline of the next steps in the process
  • A request for approval for the next business continuity planning phase

Without senior management agreement and approval of the recovery time objectives and return time objectives funding will not be available to meet the objectives.

Do not simply present a large spreadsheet. The report must present the information gathered in a logical, organized manner. State your conclusions clearly. The next steps in the project should flow naturally from these conclusions.

Finally, avoid speculation regarding the cost of recovery strategies at this stage.

Return Monday for our final tip on Business Impact Analysis (BIA).

(For more information on DRI’s professional practices please read Professional Practice One – Program Initiation and Management DRII Professional Practices  June 1, 2012 Version 1)

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