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Business continuity in 2013: survey results

During November and December 2012 Continuity Central conducted a survey to determine what changes and challenges we can expect to see in the business continuity profession during 2013.

A total of 184 responses were received, the majority (82 percent) being from business continuity professionals working in large organizations.

Most respondents were from the United Kingdom (34 percent) or the United States (28 percent), but Australia (7 percent), the Middle East (4 percent) and India (3 percent) were also well represented in the survey.

2013 changes

Respondents were asked “What level of changes do you expect to see in the way your organization manages business continuity during 2013?”

34.4 percent expected to see large changes in the way their organization manages business continuity and 50.8 percent expected to see small changes. Only 14.8 percent anticipate that no changes will take place in 2013.

As a follow up to the above question respondents were asked to describe the biggest change they expect to see in business continuity practices or strategies within their organization during 2013.

The following word cloud illustrates the themes emerging from the responses to this question:

Business continuity changes in 2013

Key themes were:

  • 12.4 percent of respondents expect their organization to change its approach to business continuity management. Specific changes in this area included the following examples:
    - Business continuity will converge with other resilience related disciplines.
    - There will be integration between GRC and BCM.
    - Business continuity ownership will be passed to the business unit owners.
    - There will be a move to process-based BC planning.
    - Core activities will shift from coaching planners at the business unit level to enterprise wide operational risk analysis, including scenario planning.
    - There will be some movement from dedicated recovery to increased resilience.

  • 11.8 percent of respondents expect to see a greater focus on testing and/or exercising in 2013.

  • 7.2 percent of respondents expect to make changes to enable alignment with the new ISO 22301 business continuity management standard.

2013 challenges

Respondents were asked: “What is the biggest challenge that may hold back business continuity developments within your organization during 2013?”

Lack of budget for business continuity activities is expected to have the largest impact, with over a third (35 percent) of respondents stating that this will be their biggest challenge in 2013. This was followed by:

  • Lack of executive management support / buy-in: 19 percent
  • High levels of change in the organization: 8 percent
  • Not enough business continuity staff: 6 percent
  • Lack of support from business units: 5 percent
  • Lack of time available for business continuity activities: 5 percent
  • The impact of general business priorities: 4 percent
  • Technical business continuity challenges: 4 percent.

The word cloud below illustrates the themes emerging from this question:

Business continuity challenges 2013

Business continuity spending

The survey looked at respondents’ expectations for business continuity spending in their organization during 2013.

Overall 34.8 percent of respondents expected spending on BC to be higher (26.6 percent ) or much higher (8.2 percent) in 2013 than it was in 2012.

44.5 percent of respondents expect that 2013 spending will be the same as 2012; and 20.7 percent anticipate that spending will be lower (15.8 percent) or much lower (4.9 percent).

Business continuity teams

The final question in the survey looked at changes in business continuity teams. The results show that the majority of respondents (69.8 percent ) expect their organization’s business continuity team to remain the same size in 2013. 19.8 percent expect that the team will grow and 10.4 percent expect that it will reduce in size.

•Date: 2nd Jan 2013 • World •Type: Article • Topic: BC statistics

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