Prioritization of Business Functions Critical to Continuity Planning

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Many businesses fail to identify and prioritize the essential business functions needed to maintain operations - especially in the face of disasters.

Core news facts: Many businesses fail to identify and prioritize the essential business functions needed to maintain operations - especially in the face of disasters. To help companies develop effective continuity of operations plans, VIACK Corporation, an authority on secure collaboration in the workplace, has developed the following tips to identify and prioritize key business functions:

  •     First, identify any and all business functions for all areas of operations
  •     Next, determine which of these functions are vital to maintaining operations – the fewer the better
  •     If companies are client driven, they must establish which of their functions are critical to sustaining their clients’ operations as well
  •     Consider streamlining the remaining areas of operations and cross-training in order to continue key job roles in the event that specific staff members are unavailable
  •     Finally, ascertain which business functions can be brought back online first, as well as the timing for the reestablishment of the remaining functions

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“Continuity of operations planning is top of mind for business leaders, yet many struggle to appropriately determine what functions are a priority and necessary for preserving operations,” said Amy Fadida, senior vice president of VIACK Corporation. “Isolating those functions that are absolutely critical will prove invaluable to those embarking on their own continuity of operations planning.”

About VIACK Corporation:

VIACK Corporation is the leading authority on secure collaboration and communications over the Internet. A pioneer in telework planning, VIACK has authored three resource guides on developing and implementing telework and continuity plans. The company's VIA3 Assured Collaboration Service provides organizations with an integrated combination of business communication tools including instant messaging, video, audio and information sharing all in one convenient desktop offering. VIA3 was built from the ground up to establish the highest standard of security, enabling companies to conduct meetings and communications over the Internet without risking theft or interception of sensitive information. For more information, go to http://www.viack.com

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