Business Continuity

Business continuity planning, encompassing disaster recovery, minimizes the impact of an incident on an organization by ensuring alternate processes are in place for key operational functions. Business continuity planning looks to preserve assets as well as an organization’s ability to achieve its mission, retain acceptable levels of productivity, customer service, and ultimately to stay in business.


Business Continuity Planning (BCP) is a program that assesses the existing operations, risks, and customer relationships of an organization for the development of organizational preparedness. BCP develops an integrated approach to ensuring that critical processes continue to function during and after a disaster or incident that interrupts the operation of the organization. The BCP command structure is designed to benefit the operational environment with coordinated emergency management (EM), IT disaster recovery (ITDR), and continuity of operations planning (COOP) BCP elements.


There are many factors and aspects of business continuity. It is important to be realistic and think sensibly about how your organization would cope with a disruptive incident. Business continuity is about mitigating the impact of this incident by minimizing financial losses and protecting your organization’s reputation. The solutions are not just quick fixes, but long-term considerations. It is possible to survive an incident, but not necessarily possible to recover from the long term impact.


What LinksPro include in your business continuity plan:


•    A Communication Plan:

How will you communicate and who will you communicate to? LinkPro include your contact list's all key stakeholders: employees, customers, suppliers, your insurance agent, your lawyer, your accountant, your software provider, your banker, your property manager or landlord if the building is not owned, shareholders, and others important to your business.


•    Adequate Insurance Coverage:

Ensure that you have business income interruption policy coverage: you want to be covered in both upstream and downstream loss scenarios. Upstream could be the interruption you would incur if one or a number of your suppliers was affected by the disaster and could not deliver necessary supplies. Downstream could be the loss when a customer is affected by the disaster and stops ordering your product or service. Ensure that you have appropriate insurance to cover other related issues: for example, on-site injuries to employees or visitors or for the loss of your customers' goods or materials.


•    Business Recovery:

LiksPro build a business recovery plan. What will you do first, second, third? How will you get started? Consider contacting your competitors for help (yes, that hurts, but in the end if you support your customers through this they will remember). If you run a manufacturing plant, consider the equipment you would need and how quickly you could replace the most important pieces. If you're in the inventory business, LinksPro keep inventory-turn lists and supplier information in your plan documents.


There are many factors and aspects of business continuity. It is important to be realistic and think sensibly about how your organization would cope with a disruptive incident. Business continuity is about mitigating the impact of this incident by minimizing financial losses and protecting your organization’s reputation. The solutions are not just quick fixes, but long-term considerations. It is possible to survive an incident, but not necessarily possible to recover from the long term impact.


LinksPro understand your business through the identification of its key products, services, critical activities and resources that support them. Our key activities during this phase are: Business Continuity Risk Assessment; Business Impact Analysis and determination of continuity requirements. The following items must be included as part of the strategy:


•    Staff

•    Premises (alternative working arrangements)

•    Technology

•    Information

•    Suppliers

•    Stakeholders


Our phase of the lifecycle is concerned with the development and implementation of appropriate plans and arrangements to ensure continuity of critical and other activities and the management of an incident. An Event/Incident/Crisis (E/I/C) response structure and plan must be documented and in place to enable an effective response and recovery from disruption.


For a number of years now it has been possible to access systems remotely as if you were sitting at your computer in the office. Typically, you would have a Citrix server, or servers, hosting thin client sessions for each of your users. Users might be sitting in the head office, at a branch or even at home, and can access a server via the Internet. LinksPro offer great advantages in business continuity planning; for example, if Citrix servers were used in both the office and the branch office or hosting center and an incident occurred, it would be easy to redirect Citrix thin client sessions to the other Citrix server. This would allow the workforce to carry on working unaffected by the incident.