Business Continuity Management

Business Continuity Management

Nijaz Bajgoric (University of Sarajevo, Bosnia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-160-5.ch013
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Abstract

After explaining several continuous computing technologies in previous chapters, the book focuses on business continuity management in Chapter XIII. Ensuring higher levels of data and applications availability and hence improving the business continuity is not one-time job. Contrary, it represents a process that has to be managed in an efficient and effective way. It encompasses numerous activities that have to be planned and managed. This chapter introduces the main concepts, standards and approaches of business continuity management.
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Introduction To Business Continuity Management (Bcm)

Business continuity management (BCM) involves several measures (activities) that have to be planned in order to achieve higher levels of the system/application availability ratios. The section introduces the main BC concept and standards.

Over the past decade, information has become an organizational resource that has to be managed in an efficient and effective way just like any other resource. In practice, however, many organizations still keep information management activities within computer centres even though information has become a corporate asset. Organizational management cannot be effective if it does not integrate organization-wide information management as well. This is in particular important for contemporary businesses, which require continuous computing platform as a main prerequisite for business continuance. Therefore, modern business needs an efficient integration of business continuity management into organizational management, the process which is done by integrating of continuous computing technologies into enterprise information system.

In today’s information age, information management comprises numerous activities with data processing/data management being the core component. In addition to data management, information management includes the following components as well: system management, network management, security management, and so forth. Recently, with advances in Internet technologies and e-business, the need for achieving “a near 100%” level of business computing availability was brought up yet again. Consequently, the term of “business continuity management” was coined up and became a significant part of organizational information management.

Business Continuity Management as a separate discipline emerged 10 years ago. Since then (mid of ’90s), this discipline emphasizes the role of BC Management and BC planning in modern business, with the main goal being “Keeping Business in Business”.

Business continuity has been treated as both IT and managerial issue in the last ten years particularly after the e-business boom and the “9/11” event.

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Dedication
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Table of Contents
Foreword
Angappa Gunasekaran
Preface
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Acknowledgment
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Chapter 1
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The first chapter aims at defining a “big picture” of contemporary business and business computing. Business pressures and business risks are... Sample PDF
Business Computing in the Internet Era
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Chapter 2
Economics of Downtime  (pages 23-39)
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After introducing some basic facts on how today’s businesses are faced with several types of business risks, the second chapter tends to explain one... Sample PDF
Economics of Downtime
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Chapter 3
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The previous chapter introduced the two major concepts of continuous computing: downtime and uptime. Chapter three goes a step further and aims at... Sample PDF
Business Continuity and Business Continuity Drivers
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Chapter 4
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Based on the framework defined in Chapter III, the fourth chapter discusses the models of information architectures that are used in implementing... Sample PDF
Information Architectures for Business Continuity
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Chapter 5
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After identifying major downtime points within a client-server architecture in Chapter IV, Chapter V discusses in more details enterprise servers... Sample PDF
Server Operating Environment and Business Continuity Drivers
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Chapter 6
Server Operating Systems  (pages 103-131)
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Server configurations described in Chapter V are operated by server operating systems. Server-based application software and business-critical... Sample PDF
Server Operating Systems
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Chapter 7
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Server operating systems described in Chapter VI usually come preinstalled. Additional components can be installed “on-demand” in the form of... Sample PDF
Advanced Server Technologies for Business Continuity
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Chapter 8
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Chapter VIII discusses the server operating systems’ main attributes from the selection perspective. Several selection criteria are explained... Sample PDF
Choosing the Server Operating Platform for Business Continuity
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Chapter 9
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Chapter IX focuses on the role of system administration as an IT-profession and system administrator as a person who does the administrative... Sample PDF
System Administration and System Administrator's Role in Business Continuity
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Chapter 10
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Chapters V-IX dealt with server operating environment and its role in ensuring business continuity mostly in cases of ongoing data processing... Sample PDF
Backup and Recovery Technologies for Business Continuity
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Chapter 11
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In addition to standard storage and traditional tape-based backup technologies explained in Chapter X, businesses employ advanced storage... Sample PDF
Advanced Storage Technologies for Business Continuity
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Chapter 12
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Continuous computing technologies explored in previous chapters, in many cases, are located on different locations. However, they depend on each... Sample PDF
Networking Technologies for Business Continuity
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Chapter 13
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After explaining several continuous computing technologies in previous chapters, the book focuses on business continuity management in Chapter XIII.... Sample PDF
Business Continuity Management
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Chapter 14
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Continuous computing technologies are employed in order to achieve business continuity from the business operations perspective. In the same time... Sample PDF
Business Continuity for Business Agility
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