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13 May 2024

Unlocking the Benefits of Software Business Continuity


Software applications play a critical role in the day-to-day operations and service fulfilment of businesses worldwide. As businesses increasingly depend on global networks of suppliers and service providers to deliver essential services, having a robust continuity plan becomes crucial. In the event where a software vendor becomes unable to provide access to their applications—perhaps due to insolvency or bankruptcy—it is imperative for businesses to possess the tools, knowledge, and capability to regain access, continue to operate and mitigate the impact of downtime.

Understanding Software Business Continuity Management

Software Business Continuity Management involves proactive measures to identify potential threats and ensure the uninterrupted availability of essential applications. This proactive approach becomes crucial in scenarios where software vendors are unable to provide access to their applications. Disruptions can result in substantial revenue loss, brand damage, productivity setbacks, and various other impacts. For this reason, having a business continuity management (BCM) plan in place for software applications is crucial to ensure quick re-establishment of critical services.

Benefits for Software Providers and Licensees

Having a robust and tested Software Business Continuity Management plan is essential for both software providers and licensees. Implementing such a plan enables businesses to:

  • Ensure the long-term availability of critical software applications. This ensures that essential software remains accessible, even in the face of disruptions or third-party failure.

  • Protect Software Investments: Managing third-party risks safeguards software investments, reducing potential impacts of loss of service such as reputational and financial damages.

  • Safeguard reputation by minimising disruptions and downtime, maintaining customer trust. 

  • Meet regulatory compliance demands, including IT outsourcing guidelines.

  • Innovate with confidence: With robust business continuity processes, firms can confidently rely on innovative third-party technology to drive key business functions, process data, and meet customer expectations.

Vendor Perspective: Strengthening Competitiveness

From the software vendor's point of view, having a well-documented and tested business continuity plan in place can give them a competitive edge. Ensuring continuity of service delivery regardless of any unforeseen disruption should be high on their priority list to maintain customer loyalty and attract new customers. By offering assurance and supporting with BCM objectives, vendors can enhance their offerings. They can also demonstrate their understanding of the importance of their customers' continued operations, establishing valuable relationships built on transparency and understanding. This pro-active approach enhances their reputation as a reliable supplier and strengthens their growth prospects in the competitive software market.

Licensee Perspective: Safeguarding Operations and Investments

From the licensee's point of view, ensuring they have a business continuity plan in place for software applications is essential to minimise the impact of downtime, protecting critical operations and safeguarding reputation. Minimising the potential impacts of a loss of service, such as reputational and financial losses, is crucial. The licensee needs to ensure that the software vendor has a continuity plan in place for all critical software. If they do not have one in place, they should consider negotiating with their vendor to ensure risk management is in place to protect their business continuity plan. Implementing a Software Escrow Agreement is one of the best ways to ensure continuity plans are in place for business-critical software while safeguarding the investment made in the solution.

Ensure Business Continuity with Software Escrow

Software Escrow Services, such as those offered by Escode, play a pivotal role in BCM planning. These services ensure the resilience and continued availability of business-critical applications for both software providers and customers. Through Escrow Agreements, organisations gain legal rights to access source code, even if the supplier is no longer available. Verification testing services further validate the effectiveness of BCM plans, allowing organisations to anticipate, withstand, respond to, and recover from software failures efficiently.

Investing in third-party software risk management solutions such as Escrow Agreements and Verification Services can help ensure long-term continuity plans. Verification Services allow businesses to test their ability to rebuild and restore applications while demonstrating effective business continuity and exit plans.

In conclusion, prioritising Software Business Continuity Management is essential for navigating today's dynamic business environment. By developing robust continuity plans and implementing Software Escrow Agreements, organisations can fortify their resilience against disruptions, safeguard critical operations, and maintain a competitive advantage.

Download our guide and discover how to strengthen business continuity management plans for critical software.



Strengthen Business Continuity Plans

Strengthen operational resilience and protect software investments by implementing an effective business continuity plan for critical third-party services.

What's inside:

  • Discover best practice recommendations for Business Continuity Management (BCM) to ensure the long-term availability of critical software.
  • Explore challenges in implementing BCM plans and effective strategies to overcome them.

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