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Version 2.0 April 19, 2005 Business impact analysis form By Paul Baldwin Introduction If you are preparing or updating a disaster recovery plan (DRP) for your company or department, your initial tasks will be to identify which critical business functions need to be restored first, what equipment and data will be needed to restore them, and the management and people needed to resume work. The best way to begin this task is with a business impact analysis of each functional group or department. This business impact analysis (BIA) form is designed to help you collect this information and share it among interdependent functional teams in a simple, consistent format. A BIA must be completed for each identifiable functional team or group in your department or company by its manager or leader and becomes a formal part of the final DRP document. A given group or department may have more than one critical business function, but typically, each team has one critical function that all its other work supports. The BIA form requires each manager to identify his or her group's most critical function, the times the group must complete and deliver its work, and the equipment, data and software needed. Your task is to find and document those functions that the managers find most critical and to help managers prepare to restore them should disaster strike. Your company may have a different scale for business function criticality than the five-point scale provided in the form. If your company does not yet use such a scale, consider promoting the one provided as a place to start for companywide commonality. Setting the stage Ideally, your company or your department will have assigned a manager to be the champion of Disaster Recovery Planning. You'll need one, as the best way to gather this information is in an informal manager's meeting with all group managers present and no other business in the way. A DRP champion will make this step easier. Depending on the number of the managers, this meeting will take about two hours. Send a copy of the BIA form to each manager a week ahead of time so they can review it. Each manager will be responsible for actually completing their group's BIA in this meeting. Be prepared yourself for managers who didn't have time to read it and will bring up questions while you are collecting the data. Your best preparation is to complete a BIA form for your own group or team. Note where you had problems coming up with answers; the managers could also find those points difficult and ask you for help with them. The best way to get the information recorded is to have a paper copy for managers and to walk them through each step. The informal feedback this generates will help them and you understand the interdependencies among all groups and take the tedium out of what could be just another exercise in form-filling. Be prepared to take and answer questions throughout the session, but be ruthless with time: this step needs to be completed in one sitting. The walk-through
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This note was uploaded on 11/02/2011 for the course IDS 520 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Ill. Chicago.

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