Are Enterprise Business Continuity Plans “REDI” for the Next Disruption

27 Oct 2020
by Manu Aggarwal, Ankur Verma, Prateek Singh

With millions of people infected and billions confined to their homes, the COVID-19 pandemic turned out to be a global crisis of historic proportions. No business had anticipated or planned for the scope, breadth, and pace of disruption associated with such a crisis. It pushed organizational BCP programs to their limits and highlighted inefficiencies in the traditional risk mitigation approach. While virtually all organizations experienced some sort of disruption in operational continuity, companies that had invested significantly to digitally transform their operations in prior years were able to manage this disruption better than others, mitigating continuity risks more quickly. Technologies such as automation and analytics not only helped improve process efficiency but were instrumental in a smooth transition to remote service delivery models and ensured workforce productivity during this crisis.

In this viewpoint, we explore how organizations can leverage technology to reassess and redefine their existing BCP strategies using a methodological approach to better mitigate future Business Process Services (BPS) continuity risks associated with global disruptions such as COVID-19. The viewpoint also introduces the Risk Evaluation and Digital Intervention (REDI) framework that can be leveraged to assess BPS functions’/segments’ vulnerability to disruptions and the impact that digital levers can have on enhancing BCP program resilience.


Industry: Business Process Services

Geography: Global


Drawing insights from our extensive research and interactions with market stakeholders, this study offers the following guidance:

  • Assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the BPS market
  • Discussion of role of technology in mitigating risks associated with any kind of outage, including a global disruption such as the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Introduction to a framework to assess the digital intervention potential within BPS and help prioritize vulnerable processes to develop a more resilient BCP
  • Case study to highlight how an organization leveraged technology to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 with the support of a third-party service provider
  • A high-level implementation roadmap for a BCP program with technology as a key lever


Healthcare Payer and Provider Business Process

Sourcing and Vendor Management


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