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BC Analysis Using Computer Simulation

Written by  Matthew Liotine, Ph.D. November 19, 2007

Simulation modeling and analysis has long been a tool used to analyze complex systems and processes. Once known to have staple use in analyzing processes requiring fail-safe operation such as those found in military, aerospace, telecom and nuclear applications, computer simulation has found a new home in analyzing business operations, and in particular, business continuity operations. Those familiar with business continuity will recognize that recovery operations pertaining to information technology (IT) infrastructure can be quite complex. Thus, computer simulation can be the perfect tool to analyze such operations prior to physically implementing them. Because of the random nature of outages, the analysis of recovery operations lends itself more towards stochastic techniques versus deterministic. Although deterministic analytical techniques have had widespread use to estimate recovery operations, they typically present a snapshot view of a perfect world. Since we live in an imperfect world, however, these techniques fail to capture variation in how

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