Why use the BCMM®
While there are a number of companies that can provide a proprietary evaluation, the challenge is to find a globally recognized and applied tool that is based on mensurable program milestones. The BCMM® has been downloaded by professionals in over 80 countries and is a globally recognized metric.
The BCMM® helps organizations achieve their desired resiliency level by providing answers to the following questions:
- Where are we now?
- Where do we ultimately want to be?
- Where should we be next?
The BCMM® is a tool for businesses of all sizes to perform self-assessments and assist in improving their ability to recover from a disruption. The BCMM® provides a consistent, objective means for evaluating a company’s state of preparedness, including evaluation criteria in 8 critical corporate competencies across 6 levels. These competencies address business continuity program considerations including, but not limited to the traditional areas of business recovery, security management, incident management and technology recovery.
Since October of 2003, BC professionals in over 80 countries have viewed the open access BCMM® and is also available in Spanish. Use the results of your self-assessment to identify your program’s strengths and weaknesses. Identify gaps in your current implementation strategy, evaluate your planned BC activities and generate data that will help substantiate and support recommended changes that can lead to significant improvements in your business continuity program. Justify budget requests and achieve executive “buy in” by quantifying the resilience of your business. The BCMM® is a tool that can be applied and leveraged in the evaluation and selection of critical supply chain or strategic business partners and in the determination of the quality of their contingency programs.
Led by Virtual, the BCMM was contributed to by a working team comprised of cross-industry practitioners through which experience, consultation, and advice could be harvested. Working team members came from a variety of industries, including telecommunications, manufacturing, energy, and banking.
Through The ICOR and some of their training partners, Virtual Corporation conducts 2-day training seminars for business continuity professionals to become trained BCMM® assessors. Virtual Corporation has trained assessors in over 12 countries including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, England, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Korea. Participants who have successfully completed the 2-day training class will be trained in the methodology of performing both the review and audit level assessments and will be prepared to conduct assessments both as an internal corporate resource/service or as an external private consultant/service.
The open access version of the BCMM® (English or Español), can be downloaded at no charge. Email addresses will not be used for any purpose other than providing news and updates to the BCMM®.