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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (7 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118326830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118326831
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

Learn to:

  • 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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As a Local Authority Officer with responsibilities for Business Continuity I bought this book for two reasons. Firstly, because I am updating our own BC plans and thought it would good to get a fresh insight, and secondly because I have a duty to promote BC to the business sector in our District and wondered whether this book could offer useful pointers.

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.
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For many years now there has been an obvious need for a simple, concise guide to Business Continuity Management for non-experts. Having read and enjoyed a number of excellent books in the "For Dummies" series; I was therefore very optimistic when I heard that "Business Continuity For Dummies" was due to be published. However, having now read the book from cover to cover I am slightly disappointed: clearly I will have to go on waiting for the simple, concise guide that I seek.

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.
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By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jan. 2013
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Aside from the sadly unavailable Ark Building for Dummies, Business Continuity is probably one of the things which best lends itself to the For Dummies series. I've sat through many days' worths of business continuity seminars, exercises and simulations, and this book would have probably halved the time we needed to spend getting our minds round the sort of things which we had to do.

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.
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I did learn a few things from this and I will certainly be applying some of them.

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.
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