Business Continuity For Dummies Paperback – 7 Sep 2012
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‘The guide provides simple, practical and low cost steps to help companies make sure they can stand up to disruptions.’ (The Start Up Donut, 12th October 2012)
‘…a balanced and comprehensive book of chapters, each of which can be read on its own, allowing the reader to focus on what is important to their business, conscious that they are getting the full picture.’ (October 2012)
‘The book is a useful guide to the topic that would serve as good foundation even for enterprises embarking upon of reviving a BC plan.’ (ComputerScope, November 2012)
‘An impressive and informative book. Don’t get a consultant, save your money and buy the book instead′ (Frost Magazine, May 2013)
From the Back Cover
- Identify the risks to your business
- Create your own business continuity plan
- Make your business more resilient
- Act swiftly and effectively if disruption hits
Equip yourself with the tools to keep your business running, whatever the future holds
Disaster and disruption could strike your business at any time: fire, flood, technical failure, or just being let down by your key supplier. In the event of a disruption, how sure are you that your business will continue to operate? Written by a team comprising the UK′s top experts on crisis planning and business continuity management, this book helps you to ensure that your company can weather any storm, no matter how small you are. You′ll learn to identify the key activities that your business carries out that are essential to it continuing during a disruption, deal with risks to your organisation and create easy–to–use business continuity (BC) plans tailored to your company, giving you confidence if the worst does happen.
- Manage for crisis, every day find out what business continuity planning is all about, why it′s so important to make it part of your everyday management processes and how to do it
- Get to know your weaknesses zero–in on where your business is most vulnerable to disruption and learn to recognise the threats, both internal and external
- Put BC into context discover how to create BC processes that are right for your business, whether you manufacture a product, sell retail, or provide a service
- Hope for the best, plan for the worst create comprehensive BC management plans that will give you the competitive advantage and allow you to keep trading when others cannot
- Leave nothing to chance test and practise your plans and gain the peace of mind that comes with knowing you′re prepared
- Rally your troops build a crack BC team and be sure that they′re prepared to do what needs to be done in the event of disruption
Open the book and find:
- Guidance on identifying your company′s most critical processes and practices
- How to identify significant threats, both internal and external
- Techniques for assessing the major risks of disruption
- How to build BC into your company′s everyday activities
- How to build an effective BC team no matter how small your business is
- Tips for safeguarding your IT system
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Top Customer Reviews
With regard to Public Sector BC planning the book is a little lacking but to be fair the author does stipulate that it's aimed at small business. As per a previous review I found the BIA section quite understandable and useful especially when trying to explain RTO's and RPO's to disinterested senior managers. The Public Sector has a slightly 'different' BC need and I would love to see a book specifically for us!
In terms of using the book as a tool for educating local small businesses, I too would have preferred to see a much simpler approach for time strapped small business owners. Having some knowledge of BC myself, I knew what the book was getting at but it may be somewhat harder for the average sole trader or SME. That comment is not meant to be patronising but is based on numerous phone calls I get from business operators who 'just want a template - can you send me one'.
In summary I think the book is a great introduction and does offer some valuable pointers.
The book sets out to be a practical guide for owners/managers of small businesses but, in reality, it is rather theoretical. This tendency is at its worst in the critical chapters concerning risk and strategy. The risk chapter is largely devoted to explaining the flawed approach to risk management adopted by the UK government (for an excellent explanation of why it's flawed read "The Failure of Risk Management" by Douglas W Hubbard): even if this approach is appropriate for large organisations, it is very unclear how useful it would be for small businesses. Meanwhile the strategy chapter is extremely complex and I remain unconvinced that a novice could usefully apply the process outlined (I'm actually not sure that I could). In both cases I feel it would have been far more useful to give some practical data, such as: the cause and impacts of disruptions; and indicative costs of some generic continuity strategies.
That said, there are a couple of highlights for me in the book. The BIA chapter is as good an introductory explanation as I have seen anywhere, and I think that someone could literally read that chapter and go away and produce a reasonable BIA.Read more ›
Business Continuity is largely a question of getting a set of lists and working through them, and this is what BC for Dummies excels in. Aimed at small to medium enterprises which almost certainly won't have a business continuity specialist, the book works through all the crucial areas, making you aware on the way of things like the National Risk Register, the different kinds of insurance and which ones are mandatory, health and safety legislation and the IERR approach (Identify, Evaluate, Record, Respond).
As I read this, parts seemed eerily familiar, which is the point where I looked back at the top of the front cover and discovered it's been produced in partnership with the Cabinet Office, which was also responsible for a fair number of the scenario exercises I took part in as a director in the NHS. Some of the crisis examples -- like the inner city riots of 2011 -- were things I was actually involved in planning against.
This is a good book. It doesn't go especially deep (but neither did any of the seminars I went to), but is instead complete in the sense of being broad and identifying a lot of issues. The section I know most about -- Communications Strategy -- goes as far as most crisis communications seminars would take you if you weren't a specialist.Read more ›
For the most part, the book was quite easy to follow and fairly comprehensive.
However like a lot of `For Dummies' books I felt that the chapters were a little too random and some areas could have been easily left out.
I would have liked this to have focussed more on practical rather than theoretical matters but as an introduction it works quite well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some of the language and acronyms a bit dense for the non-technical user. Would help if it came with a CD rom or download for the various forms you need to do your plan.Published on 7 Oct. 2013 by FE
Although I was aware of Business Continuity, repeated talk of it by others in a professional capacity got me thinking that a simple guide would be an ideal way to learn more about... Read morePublished on 13 April 2013 by A Smile and a Wave
This is a good introduction to the subject. Having undergone Disaster Recovery training as part of IT Project Management and having helped small businesses in this area, I could... Read morePublished on 12 April 2013 by Andy K
If you have a small business, you should have a Business Continuity Plan (BCP). Lots of businesses don't, in many cases because they don't believe anything bad will ever happen. Read morePublished on 26 Mar. 2013 by Peter
I'm always put off by the titles of this series of books but this one was ordered through Vine so there was no issue there as such if I didn't like it. Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2013 by Amazon Customer
I've written several BC and DR plans and this book nicely covers the main points and then some. I find it's useful as a reference guide and would recommend it to clients looking... Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2013 by AM
This book is essentially a good introduction to the concept of Buiness Continuity but it is to my mind a bit too theoretical and for a 'Dummies' guide, at times a bit... Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2013 by Zipster Zeus
This is a typical "Dummies" book - well structured, not too technical, good content and easy to find what you need. Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2013 by oldhasbeen