According to Roberta Witty, research vice president for Gartner, in Gartner Inc.'s "Research Roundup: Business Continuity Management and IT Disaster Recovery" January 2009, "The main drivers for BCM program growth and maturity — 24/7 service delivery, globalization and increasing operational risk — are expanding the scope of BCM beyond its roots in the IT department. To move toward a business operations management view of recovery, integrate BCM into the enterprise culture to ensure that continuity of operations is a key planning component in all business operations activities. Align IT DRM with BCM for an integrated approach." Key differentiators for Archer Business Continuity Management include:
Archer Business Continuity Management is built on an award-winning GRC platform called the Archer SmartSuite Framework. Archer is the only BCM solution provider to empower business continuity professionals to modify forms, workflow, user access, notifications, reports and more through simple point-and-click configuration. This flexible approach is a sharp contrast to traditional, rigid solutions that require development resources to make changes.
Third-Party Validation Validation from clients, partners and industry experts is the cornerstone of Archer's solution delivery strategy. Archer developed its BCM solution through collaboration with the Archer BCM Working Group, a specialized user community whose membership includes more than 20 Fortune 1000 companies. Archer also engaged KPMG's Information Protection and Business Resilience Practice to validate the solution's design and functionality.
"Business continuity management, disaster recovery and crisis management are key considerations for companies that are leading in managing enterprise business risks," said Greg Bell, KPMG's Information Protection and Business Resilience leader. "The ability to integrate these components with governance, risk and compliance should be a priority for any organization."
Archer also engaged its larger partner community to evaluate the BCM solution, conducting a formal review process with operational risk experts from Accenture, Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, IBM Global Services, Protiviti and Wipro. With hundreds of hours of review, Archer Business Continuity Management provides a best-practice approach that is fully aligned with all other core processes of an effective GRC program.
"Our discussions with business continuity experts across industries revealed two significant gaps in the current BCM market: solution flexibility and seamless integration with other GRC functions, including policy, risk, incident, vendor, business hierarchy and enterprise infrastructure management. Point solutions that are costly to update and operate in silos are no longer practical," said Jon Darbyshire, Archer CEO. "Our clients have requested a true Operational GRC platform that offers the flexibility to make changes on the fly and provides visibility across the board. Archer's Business Continuity Management solution meets this critical need."
Business Continuity Webcast Archer will offer a live webcast featuring a discussion with Gartner's Roberta Witty and Jim Baird, president-elect of the Partnership for Emergency Planning. Participants will also see a live demonstration of the Archer Business Continuity Management solution and will have the opportunity to evaluate the solution through a complimentary 30-day trial.
When: Thursday, August 27, 2009, at 1 p.m. Central
About Archer Technologies Archer Technologies delivers enterprise governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions. With more than six million licensed users and a client list that includes one in four of the Fortune 100, Archer enables companies to manage enterprise risks, demonstrate compliance, automate business processes, and gain visibility into corporate risk and security controls.
Archer's out-of-the-box solutions, including Policy, Risk, Compliance, Enterprise, Incident, Vendor, Threat, Business Continuity, and Audit Management, are built on the flexible Archer SmartSuite Framework, allowing clients to tailor the solutions according to their unique requirements. Whether deployed on-premise or via Archer's SaaS model, the Framework has become a go-to GRC platform for many global organizations.
Archer is the only vendor that delivers the Archer E-GRC Ecosystem comprised of out-of-the-box solutions, a flexible Framework, a robust user community, and an application and partner exchange, which provides clients the tools they need to build a best-in-class enterprise GRC program. For more information, visit www.archer.com or call 1-888-539-EGRC.