A business continuity plan (BCP) serves to keep people safe, and provides guidelines on how to prevent, respond to and recover operations quickly in a disaster and its aftermath. Or, more formally, a business continuity plan definition is that a company has an established set of procedures to ensure that core operations will continue during emergencies or other disruption. When sudden or unexpected events strike, the importance of a business continuity plan becomes clear.
So let’s look at how our story illustrates this. The ant toils in the hot sun every day, gathering food. But the grasshopper continues to play without a care in the world. When winter comes, the ant feasts on the kernels of corn he has gathered one by one, while the grasshopper is starving. Then the grasshopper understands, “It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.”
Of course, the arrival of winter is not an unexpected event for anybody – except grasshoppers, apparently – but being prepared for the worst is the focus of business continuity planning.