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Building a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) Process

A Hands-on Blueprint, 1st Edition

By Barry A. Cardoza

CRC Press

416 pages

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Hardback: 9780972713450
pub: 2006-11-01
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The BIA (Business Impact Analysis) is not just all about satisfying management requirements. Its most important goal is to provide your organization (business, hospital, or agency) with a solid data foundation upon which you can build a meaningful, comprehensive Business Continuity Plan (BCP).

In Building a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) Process: A Hands-on Blueprint, Barry Cardoza uses his teaching and lecturing skills to clearly lead you through a concise, step-by-step blueprint for building not just another "window dressing document", but an entire, systematic, functioning BIA Process.

He shows you how to:

  • Obtain the all-important Executive Support that gives you your analysis authority.
  • Involve stakeholders in the planning process, and obtain their honest, meaningful input
  • Establish the goals, and "Big Picture" scope of your entire BIA process
  • Focus on what’s important, and not get side-tracked by minutia
  • Collect, and then validate your data
  • Analyze your collected data, and produce a concise, valuable document, one that is a cornerstone piece in the entire organizational Business Model
  • Keep your BIA current, dynamic and meaningful

A FREE, accompanying CD-ROM contains:

  • A flow chart of BIA considerations and action items
  • Sample communications and forms
  • Customized example of Spreadsheet approach to data collection and analysis
  • Customized example of a Database approach to data collection and analysis

A good BIA-based BCP that is team-driven, flexible and useful, today and tomorrow, is what works! Whatever your job accountability is in your organization: management, business continuity, risk or loss prevention, crisis preparedness and response, or education & training – this is your designated, hands-on guidebook!

Table of Contents

An Overview of the BIA

Gaining Executive Support

Including Stakeholders in the Planning Process

Setting the Goals

The Deliverable

Definition of Critical Impact

Topple the Silos when Measuring Impact

Impact and RTO: About How Much or When?

Upstream/Downstream Dependencies

Bottom-up or Top-Down? The Right Approach to your BIA

It’s a Process; Not a Project

Defining Impact Categories

The Data Collection Phase

Including Every Department

Asking the Right People

Asking the Right Questions in the Right Way

Data Validation

In-House or Outsource, Buy or Build?

Buying a System to Manage the Process

Building a System to Manage the Process

Final Preparation for the BIA Kickoff

Kicking off the BIA

The Analysis Phase

To Weight or Not to Weight (The Data)

The Heart of the BIA: Five Questions

Charts and Graphs: The Unavoidable Request

Viewing BIA (and Other) Data Geographically

Reality Check: Have You Met the Goals?

Continuous Process Improvement

So Where Do You Want to Go From Here?



Appendix A: Building A System to Manage The Process

Appendix B: A Spreadsheet Approach

Appendix C: A Rational Database Approach

Appendix D: Contents of the Accompanying Free CD

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management Science