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How, When, and If to Implement Business Continuity Software

Written by  Stacy Gardner, MBCI, CBCP, Avalution Consulting

Business continuity planning software can add significant value if it complements a strong program that has management support, competent personnel, and the information necessary to establish requirements, identify strategies, and document plans. While software will not “do business continuity planning for an organization,” it can provide an already-built and structured approach that automates what could otherwise be a manual internal process, freeing practitioners to focus on program maturation. That said, not all software is right for every organization, so it is important to ensure any selected software is a right fit before trying to implement it. Many organizations approach software selection anticipating that the software vendor will show them what they need or tell them what features best fit their program; however, without first understanding the program’s current state, needs, and capabilities, odds increase that organizations will select software that does not align to the current state program and could