Business continuity planning undermined by lack of funding


Business continuity planning undermined by lack of funding

Simon Quicke

The number of companies that have prepared a business continuity plan is disturbingly low with lack of funding blamed for the failure to put measures in place to protect businesses.

According to a recent Chartered Management Institute report only 47% of companies, almost the same level as 2002, have got a continuity plans ion place and some of the areas least prepared are in the crosshairs of resellers.

In research carried out by Pearlfinders the list of those sectors that are not prepared for problems included education, construction and manufacturing and production.

Although on the face of it most companies, even in the worst prepared sectors, had done some disaster recovery planning, the problems seemed to emerge further down the line in getting those plans put into action.

"Through the course of speaking with the senior IT directors, we quickly learnt that while there may be the least prepared, most of them have been through DR planning. In fact it's the second, third and fourth phases that have lacked proper investment," said Anthony Cooper, managing director of Pearlfinders.

"There's just too much confusion surrounding the added value of investing further in DR provisioning. Marketers for IT firms need to discover how to better outline the benefits of emerging technology that's not always easy to articulate and then make it compelling," he added.

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