The way organizations function on a day to day basis is changing, just like any other aspect of our lives. Technology has altered internal roles and functions at organizations, and the way they operate is shifting into the digital space.
Data and document management, communication, collaboration, and client relationship management, have all been embraced and adopted through technology, so why should managing Business Continuity be any different?
It has always been critical to keep up with the times and give business continuity more attention than a folder collecting dust on a shelf. With all the change come new disruptive situations that require innovative practice and understanding. Business continuity management is more than just compliance. It is the foundation of a company’s reputation and stability. Let’s dive into the ways why incident management and business continuity software are critical to risk management.
Business continuity software helps adjust to organizational changes
As organizations evolve and restructure, data management in most advanced software enables plans to be relocated to reflect changes in business structure or business location. Software, such as Preparis, can target the response and recovery of specific locations, thanks to geofencing and bi-directional messaging. Should a BIA, or any other important document be updated, the changes can be accessed by anyone with proper rights.
Streamlined planning and training
The risks caused by recent events have renewed the industry focus on exposures associated with pandemics, weather-related disruptions, and supply-chain resilience. This is where planning and training components of software come into play. Such functionality ensures that employees know exactly how to respond in an emergency, and management can make sure everything is in place to navigate successfully through the next incident.
The planning part of the software must be capable of supporting the continuous revision of requirements and the dissemination of new guidelines as the business evolves, new threats emerge, and new compliance standards are implemented. Organizations taking advantage of business continuity software will find it more efficient to revise planning requirements and implement them across the enterprise than those companies that use templates for word processing or spreadsheet programs.
The software supports the development of business continuity metrics
As your company goes through the inevitable changes, it accumulates complex reports that summarize business continuity information. Needless to say, the leadership team that’s interested in building a resilient business requires an enterprise-level view of the current state of preparedness to determine program direction.
Manually gathering data from multiple documents to develop metrics is an arduous task. If there’s no platform, the generation of metrics won’t be frequent enough to provide value. Besides, if metrics data must be compiled manually, there is a much higher risk of error. Strategy development can become hindered if there’s no confidence in the accuracy of data and its ability to speak on behalf of the entire organization. Management may be reluctant or unwilling to act on the information.
As business continuity tools promote summary reporting, the leadership team can further change the organizational culture by acting on the data gathered and addressing exposures. If the change has been the result of the data insights, a person responsible for BC planning will see the direct value of their work and view the effort to create a resilient culture as sustained.
BC Software drives program commitment, innovation, and advancement
Recent business continuity standards and regulations, for example, FFEIC’s recent updates regarding stressing the value of resilience, speak to the need to move beyond plan creation to the establishment of an organizational culture of preparedness and resilience. An organization with mature business continuity has an embedded understanding of risk awareness. Such a company also views their continuity plan as integrated components of routine processes. It is much easier to instill a sense of ownership if management recognizes a serious investment of resources in support of resilience.
The argument against business continuity software, such as high cost and an intricate setup process, is at the foundation of creating a resilient culture.
Organizations that use business continuity software will reap a lot more rewards, giving them headway that will only increase as business continuity makes its strides into the future. The evolving demands on continuity programs are too prominent to be managed in an old-fashioned way.
The BC maturity gap between organizations employing continuity software and those that are not will only grow as software capabilities advance and as new threats become known.
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