Business continuity planning means going beyond tape backup systems, storage systems, and hot sites by developing a comprehensive, cost-effective plan that ensures the continuity of your key business processes, delivery services, and IT services during an emergency. To help you develop such a plan, several vendors offer business continuity planning software. But will such a product help your organization, and how do you choose the right product?

Our Business Continuity Planning Software Pack includes three tools, described in detail below, that will help you decide whether business continuity planning software will meet your organization’s needs, choose the right vendor, and check vendors’ references.

The Gap Analysis: Business Continuity Planning Software tool’s three detailed worksheets (Requirements, Gap Report, and Solution Benefits) will help you determine whether a gap exists between your current system’s capabilities and your organization’s future requirements. If you establish that a gap exists, our tool will also help you determine if business continuity planning software can help you close those gaps.

The Vendor Selection Checklist: Business Continuity Planning Software tool’s detailed worksheets (Criteria Ranking, Vendor, and Comparison) will help you assess the business continuity planning software available from various vendors so that your determination is based on the facts and issues most applicable to your organization’s needs.

The Vendor Reference Questionnaire: Business Continuity Planning Software tool allows you to record important contact and demographic information on up to six separate references. Find out how each reference rates the vendor(s) on 10 critical, technology-specific questions. When you’ve completed the data from all the references you’re contacting, the tool will pull the information into the Comparison worksheet for a side-by-side look at how their vendor ratings stack up.

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