Since the IT Department plays a critical role in business continuity and disaster recovery, you need to conduct a Business Impact Analysis (BIA). A good BIA will help you identify essential business units and/or processes that must return to full operation following a disruption. The BIA delineates the business impact of disaster scenarios on your company’s ability to deliver products and services to its customers.
The Business Impact Analysis Questionnaire illustrates some of the typical questions the line of business needs to answer. Typically the person who executes the BIA will “score” each business process based on the responses to provide a starting point for prioritizing those processes. Put another way, the BIA helps inform the lines of business and IT Department on which processes (and supporting systems) need to be recovered first.