The Changing Face of Continuity Planning

What’s in a Continuity-Of-Operations Plan (COOP)? A lot depends on what systems your company uses. Old and outdated ways do not lend themselves to the continuing of operations in the face of a crisis, according to a report by http://fcw.com. Listed below are some of the initiatives that companies can use to keep their business running even if company resources or even the offices are out of commission.

Telework

The process of telework involves employees working from a home location. This becomes especially beneficial when the area that the company’s offices are in suffer from some sort of disaster that prevents employees from coming into the office. The primary benefit of working from home: Even when inclement weather strikes, employees who participate in a telework program can still work. Even more so, this activity can be planned in advance of such events if their arrival is known, such as in the case of a snow storm.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Another area that can play a part in a continuity plan are so-called BYOD programs. With these plans employees bring their own mobile devices with them to use during their work day. Not only does this save companies the cost of investment for mobile devices for their employees, but if their own systems go down, employees can still participate in work activities using their own devices. One of the main drawbacks deals with device security. Companies must consider the tradeoffs before implementing such a plan.

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the latest craze when it comes to backing up a company’s data. Not only that, but the cloud can make bringing a company back up online that much quicker following an unplanned shutdown of company computers. Mobile devices able to access the cloud can make getting back to business as usual even quicker. Often a cloud computing plan can be combined with a BYOD program to facilitate business in the face of a disaster.

Conclusion

Separately, each initiative should make a company more able to recover from a crisis. It is important that companies work these programs into any continuity plan that they develop. In the meantime, if implemented before a disaster these programs can save money. And once an event takes place, they make it easier to switch to working from home if an office space is not available. Plus, combining all these programs together can lead to a more versatile COOP.


For more information about continuity planning, visit: http://fcw.com/articles/2013/02/25/exectech-coop.aspx