Change Management & Business Continuity
Change is an often overlooked issue when it comes to business continuity planning. Things that change on the business front need to be analyzed to determine if the change impacts the organizations business continuity plan. Once thorough change management is implemented, you can make use of the change management procedures to improve your ability to keep the business continuity plan updated by noting significant changes in the infrastructure that are vital to keeping the plan effective. A properly implemented change management program plays a vital role in reducing infrastructure instability and improving operational availability following a business disruption.
What type of change deserves oversight? It’s essential to pay attention to changes in management, staff, business strategies (products & services), business processes, and the technology environment utilized by the organization. It is also imperative to look outside the business and factor in changes that involve critical vendors and key services providers.
In order to ensure plan viability, it is a MUST that the change management processes consider the impact of change on the organizations business continuity plan. At time of event is NOT the time to find out that a change or a series of changes were not factored in to the business continuity plan and thus the organization cannot fully recover their critical business functions and processes.
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