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Jun 15, 2020
Business Continuity

The Anatomy of an Effective Business Continuity Plan

Whether facing a natural disaster, data breach, or pandemic, an effective business continuity plan helps businesses like yours stay afloat. Treat your plan as a living document, revisiting it to ensure it evolves with business needs and potential threats.

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Toby Cox Senior Content Writer

A business continuity plan can make a difference in the event of a major disruption (such as the COVID-19 pandemic). 

According to GetApp’s digital transformation survey, 43% of businesses had a continuity plan prior to COVID-19 and 80% of these businesses reported that their plan has been effective in mitigating associated negative impacts.

Whether a pandemic, data breach, or natural disaster, a business continuity plan can minimize the impact of crises and protect critical business processes. 

In the infographic below, we’ve outlined the components of a successful business continuity plan to help you build one for your company.

Business continuity plans are living documents, and like all living things, they are complex. No single element makes a business continuity plan effective; it’s a culmination of elements working together symbiotically that makes it successful (full research available to Gartner clients). 

Building resiliency into your company’s culture may take time, but creating a business continuity plan is a good place to start (full research available to Gartner clients). 


To learn more about how GetApp can help your company develop an effective, resilient business continuity plan, check out our remote collaboration resources hub, list of top business continuity software, and information on how to mitigate potential risks such as data security threats.

Methodology and Disclaimer

The digital transformation survey referenced in this article was conducted by GetApp in April 2020 among 503 respondents who reported executive leadership roles at small businesses with 250 or fewer employees.

This document, while intended to inform our clients about the impact of the novel coronavirus on small businesses, is in no way intended to provide legal advice or to endorse a specific course of action.

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