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Business Continuity Services, Request for Proposal White Paper

Written by  Martin C. Johnson, CBCP

Executive SummaryDeveloping a Request for Proposal (RFP) for technology solutions is a well-accepted practice. It is a method for vendors to recommend enabling solutions that may give your company a competitive edge. On the other hand, preparing an RFP for consulting services often is considered unnecessary. This is not the case. Many companies look at bringing in consultants to help implement a Business Continuity Planning (BCP) program without really understanding what their end goals are. Preparing an RFP for consulting services will help you develop the proper scope and objectives, as well as choose the best consultant to do the work.The table below shows the trend of using outside consultants to assist in the development and maintenance of a BCP program is increasing. The information in this table was taken from this year's survey of 531 companies relative to their business continuity planning program.When it comes to hiring a consultant,