Should You Hire a Business Continuity Manager or Build a Plan Yourself?

Let’s take a minute and talk about something that’s probably not your favorite topic – business continuity. You know you need a business continuity/disaster recovery plan but putting all the pieces together and then managing it can prove to be an incredible burden on your resources, which means it usually gets pushed down to the bottom of your pile of priorities. 

This is the main reason why so many businesses are underprepared and don’t have a solid business continuity plan in place. On the other side of the coin is hiring a business continuity management team, but that involves an investment you’re not entirely sure you want to make. 

While you’re standing there, weighing your options for handling business continuity yourself or placing the task of building and managing a plan in the hands of a professional, your business remains vulnerable to any number of disasters that could happen. There isn’t always an easy answer to whether you should handle your disaster recovery plan on your own, but there are few things you might not be taking into consideration. 

Considering the Real Costs of Handling Business Continuity in House

There’s no need to beat around the bush, business continuity is serious business. Not being prepared for a potential disaster of any size can leave your business vulnerable and make it difficult, if not impossible, to fully recover. There’s a great deal of complexity involved in building a business continuity plan, and it almost always becomes more involved than what’s originally anticipated. 

If you want to attempt building and managing a business continuity plan yourself, it’s important to stop and consider what this venture will really cost you. For instance, how much will it cost you in terms of resources being pulled away from other focal points of operating your business? Are you, or anyone on your staff, fully capable of handling the complex tasks? Will lack of knowledge or previous experience in business continuity result in weak or insufficient disaster recovery? How will your business survive if this is the case?

Many businesses that attempt their own hand at business continuity planning soon discover that any cost savings they thought they were gaining are quickly eaten up through other avenues. 

Asking the Tough Questions

The only way to really know if you can handle business continuity in house, other than just taking the chance, is by asking yourself some tough questions about the extent of your capabilities in the disaster recovery arena. A few questions that might help you decide whether you need the help of an outside party include

  • Do you have someone on your staff with experience in business continuity and disaster recovery planning?
  • If so, can you afford to pull that person away and have them devote resources to building a plan? How will other areas of your business be affected?
  • Is your inhouse team up to date on the latest business continuity technologies?
  • What is your current strategy, who built it and what are its weaknesses?
  • How much downtime could your business afford in the event of disaster? What would the impact be?

Outsourcing Business Continuity Planning

If you don’t have a business continuity plan in place, or your current plan is out of date, you don’t want to wait another minute to discuss a strategy for your business. Apex Technology is here to help you create a business continuity plan that will protect your business against the unthinkable. Contact Apex Technology and let’s discuss disaster recovery for your business today.