Business continuity planning and design

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A sound business continuity and resiliency program is crucial to both your brand and your bottom line. You want to make sure you address the right risks and align your business continuity investments to your business needs. IBM business continuity planning and design services start with an assessment of your business continuity capabilities and risks, focusing on your specific business requirements. Our consultants then use IBM’s proprietary methodologies to help you create the business continuity plan you need to cost-effectively implement solutions that meet your resiliency objectives.


Sustain operations
Maintain critical operations in the event of a disruption by defining strategic business continuity, disaster recovery, and crisis management plans


Optimize investments
Optimize investments in your business continuity program so they meet the unique needs of your business


Improve architecture
Design and implement a business requirements-based, resilient architecture for your IT environment


Gain flexibility
Choose from flexible and customizable solutions tailored to your specific business objectives

What we offer

IBM’s proven, value-added approach focuses on strategy, planning, infrastructure, governance, and program management to help you develop a comprehensive, customized business continuity plan and resiliency program.

Resilience strategy design

Create and document a holistic business resilience strategy. IBM consultants work with you onsite to connect business and IT objectives and develop a customized strategy to address your IT resilience and disaster recovery issues. We provide you with multiple options so you can select the best solution for your business continuity and resilience goals.

Resilience architecture design

Design a resilient architecture that supports your recovery objectives, strengthens your IT infrastructure, and increases responsiveness. Using our expertise, tools, and time-tested methodology, we define a customized solution that includes a plan for implementation and ongoing operations. IBM resilience experts work with your resources to create a cost-effective resilient architecture design that maximizes your investments.

Technical procedure development

Build actionable technical plans and processes to support your critical operations. IBM provides documented technical recovery procedures that allow someone with knowledge of the IT platform – but not of your environment – to execute them. IBM technical procedure development also helps reduce the time and resources needed to create step-by-step technical recovery instructions.

Resilience plan development

Develop actionable business continuity, disaster recovery, and crisis management plans. We help you build plans to handle disruptions, manage regulatory requirements, and maintain continuous business operations. We’ll also help you create and maintain up-to-date resilience plan documentation.

Resilience program design

Establish a governance structure to keep your resilience strategies and plans current, and meet the demands of business and industry regulators. IBM experts can also help you successfully implement and manage your resilience program design by providing you with a step-by-step resilience program road map.

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