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A Supply Chain Management Guide to Business Continuity by Betty A. KILDOW

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CHAPTER 6The Business Impact Analysis

A BUSINESS IMPACT ANALYSIS (BIA) is the backbone of the continuity planning process. A BIA establishes the goals to be achieved to enable an organization to continue or resume operations following a disaster. It is a tool that assists in identifying, understanding, and prioritizing the critical business functions of each business unit and the related time frame in which each must be restored to avoid the organization reaching its threshold of operational pain when disaster strikes.

The primary goal of a BIA is to separate time-critical business functions. It differentiates those functions that are absolutely necessary, either immediately or within a short time frame, for the organization to function at an ...

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