Business continuity planning tends to look at each business unit from the perspective of the manager. Whereas, process continuity looks across multiple business functions and focuses on the hand-offs between business units to perform the process end-to-end.

During an interruption the crisis managers need data management tools to make battlefield decisions to restore process continuity. If the planning and intelligence group does not have a database of departmental plans and their dependencies to summarize the information they are only guessing when they have to make critical battlefield decisions.

Continuity planning is a group exercise in discovering, analyzing and communicating the inter-dependencies of business units, their processes and corporate systems. Interacting with regulators and auditors who examine continuity plans is much easier when your practice has a database at its core.

Building and updating plans can occur via a variety of software tools. However, managing and reporting that information in a variety of formats for execution, summarizing and compliance tracking requires a database.