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Why Benchmark Business Continuity Planning?

Written by  GartnerGroup November 20, 2007

Benchmarking definitions can vary depending on who uses the terms and for what purposes. After conducting over 6,000 information technology (IT) benchmarking studies, Gartner has developed consensus definitions and models that enable'apples to apples' comparisons of many different facilities. For the purposes of these evaluations, the operative definition of benchmarking is 'a comparative measurement'-therefore, the true value of the resulting benchmark metrics is not inherent. It is the comparative evaluation of those metrics that provides the understanding of the relative differences and similarities between the environments being benchmarked. Based on the Gartner experience with benchmarking and IT organizations and Comdisco's experience in providing world class business continuity solutions, the Business Continuity Benchmarking (BCB) Program was developed in order to help measure an organization's business continuity process (BCP). The goals of the benchmarking assessment are to determine: How much am I spending on business continuity? How much is everybody else spending on business continuity? How

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