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Business Impact Analysis: Enabling Effective Business Continuity Management

Published: 26 January 2015

ID: G00271109

Analyst(s): Werner Zurcher


Business impact analysis aligns business continuity and IT disaster recovery plans to the value of the business processes being protected. BIA also helps address IT complexity by supporting IT application and data classification. Gartner makes the following recommendations for BIA projects.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

Gartner Definitions

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework: Build the Teams and Framework to Enable a Successful BIA
    • Build an Effective, Cross-Functional Core Team
    • Define Extended Teams
    • Organize Tools, Training and the BIA Implementation Plan
  • Step 1: Gather Business Impact Data and Recovery Requirements
    • Perform a BIA Survey
    • Perform Targeted Interviews With Extended Team Members
  • Step 2: Consolidate the Business Impact Data
    • Assemble the BIA Data
    • Identify Component and External Dependencies
    • Build Business Process Flowcharts
  • Step 3: Analyze Business Impact Data and Define Recovery Practices
    • Define Process and Component Criticalities
    • Define the MAO for Processes and Critical Components
    • Define Recovery Sequences
    • Define Process and Component RPOs/RTOs
    • Define RPO/RTO Classes
    • Define Work-Around/Recovery/Restoration Procedures and Resources
    • Draft, Socialize and Validate Analysis Results
  • Step 4: Promote, Leverage and Update BIA Over Time
    • Present Results With Implementation Priorities
    • Leverage the BIA Beyond Business Continuity
    • Perform Ongoing Change Management

Risks and Pitfalls

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