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PUBLISHER’S FORWARD
We appreciate the contributions of four BCM software vendors who helped us create this Spotlight. Their insights have illuminated vital aspects of business continuity management (BCM) software which ought to be considered when evaluating options. The executives in these companies are not just builders of powerful solutions. They are also industry thought leaders dedicated to operational resilience.
We intend the BCM Spotlight to equip our readers with questions to ask during
an evaluation process. We are not ranking solutions nor are we vetting vendors. What is good for one organization might not fit another. We hope the following analysis will help you in your commitment to continuity and resilience.
A special thanks goes to Linda Hanwacker, The LSH Group. Her research on BCM Software formed the basis for our BCM Matrix.
As always, we welcome feedback. Email us at: publisher@disaster-resource.com
Plates are never big enough when you go through a holiday brunch line! We must make choices and leave some good stuff behind. In 2016, the options and features of BCM software are both tempting and overwhelming, but you don’t necessarily need it all. And the right software for your organization can add tremendous value to your company’s BC program. But how do you choose?
This article, accompanied by an exten- sive matrix (pages 30-38), will offer the following:
• Helpful insights whether you have
or do not have BCM software
• What BCM software will not do
• When is BCM software appropriate
• Suggestions for the evaluation
process
• Important features and benefits
for consideration
Why This Spotlight is For You.
This article, and much of the BCM Software Spotlight, will be tailored for the organization considering a new implementation of a BCM software solution. However, if you already have a solution in place, before concluding
this Spotlight won’t benefit you, consider the following situations:
1. WE ARE HAPPY WITH OUR BCM SOFTWARE!
If you are pleased with your existing solution, the features and analysis in this Spotlight could reveal new func- tionality that would benefit your organization. These new features could be included in your existing software but not yet implemented. Or these features might address needs you didn’t know could be solved with an alterna- tive solution. In the fast-changing tech world of today, yesterday’s solution will not necessarily be today’s best option.
2. WE ARE NOT HAPPY WITH OUR BCM SOFTWARE!
One key concern for the organization looking to switch solutions would be the risk of trading known shortcomings for unknown ones. It is very tempt- ing to see another vendor’s approach to a problem and become enamored with that particular improvement. This could lead you to glide through the comparison process, overlook some key benefits of your existing solution miss- ing from the new, and draw an irrational conclusion that a switch is justified. This Spotlight is intended to touch on a very broad set of considerations as you make your decision. Take advantage of this collection of insights from the lead- ers in this field as you carefully evaluate the best fit for your organization.
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