Business Impact Analysis Template

 Simple BIA's can be conducted and stored in MS Word or MS Excel format. This simplistic approach is often appropriate for smaller organizations. It's a low cost way of conducting a BIA and very easy to roll out as it will probably require no training. The following are typical column headings in an Excel BIA Template :
Department Name
Process Name
Process Manager
Maximum Tolerable Period of Disruption
Recovery Time Objective
Recovery Point Objective
Recovery Strategy

When choosing a BIA template, look for one that is a good fit for your organization. Look for a Business Impact Analysis template that can be modified and can evolve over time. Feel free to add elements that may at a later stage be useful in the Business Continuity Planning phase or data that can be called upon during a Crisis Management incident.

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Business Continuity Software

Another way to automate the Business Impact Analysis is through Business Continuity Software that provides a module for Business Impact Analysis. Products such as provided by vendors Strohl and eBRP, are complete Business Continuity Planning tools, but will come with a Business Impact Analysis module. Although there will be a significant cost associated with Business Continuity Software, it may be more applicable to your organization that a simple Business Impact Analysis Template.
Alternatively, if you have the in house skills, you can develop your own Business Impact Analysis software. This can be designed particular to your organization, as opposed to tailoring an off-the-shelf software package to try to fit your needs.