Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Article: Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery: Big Tent Or Separate Umbrellas?

by Jim Mitchell

Perhaps I’m just a curmudgeon (a crusty, ill-tempered old man), but it irks me when someone uses the term “Business Continuity” exclusively to refer to IT planning.  Perhaps I’ve been in this industry too long.  I remember when IT planning was referred to as “Disaster Recovery”, and only business operations used the term “Business Continuity”.  Suddenly (or at least it seems sudden to me) IT specialists are throwing around the term Business Continuity as though they invented it – and as though everyone should understand what they mean.
Is Business Continuity an appropriate term for everything to do with recovery from, or response to a business disruption – to include both technology and operations?

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