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Network Administration: Analyzing the Impact of a Disaster

With a good understanding of the types of disasters that can affect your business, you can turn your attention to the impact that these disasters can have on your business. The first step is to identify the key business processes that can be impacted by different types of disasters. These business processes are different for each company. For example, here are a few of the key business processes for a publishing company:

  • Editorial processes, such as managing projects through the process of technical editing, copyediting, and production

  • Acquisition processes, such as determining product development strategies, recruiting authors, and signing projects

  • Human resource processes, such as payroll, hiring, employee review, and recruiting

  • Marketing processes, including sales tracking, developing marketing materials, sponsoring sales conferences, exhibiting at trade events, and so on

  • Sales and billing processes, such as filling customer orders, maintaining the company website, managing inventory, and handling payments

  • Executive and financial processes, such as managing cash flow, securing credit, raising capital, deciding when to go public, and deciding when to buy a smaller publisher or sell out to a bigger publisher

The impact of a disruption to each of these processes will vary. One common way to assess the impact of business process loss is to rate the impact of various degrees of loss for each process. For example, you may rate the loss of each process for the following time frames:

  • 0 to 2 hours

  • 2 to 24 hours

  • 1 to 2 days

  • 2 days to 1 week

  • More than 1 week

For some business processes, an interruption of two hours or even one day may be minor. For other processes, even the loss of a few hours may be very costly.