Your organization can use any number of tools to build its business continuity plan, but Microsoft Word and Excel, PDFs and Google Drives only support some degree of program management. Yet, these programs have crucial limitations. Here are a few ways DIY planning falls flat:

1. They Lack Relational Database Functionality: Regular updates like personnel and vendor changes need to be done without facing the risk of “breaking” other pieces of your plans. 

2. They Do Not Provide Built-In Intelligence: Having access to templated plans that align with compliance and regulatory standards and help you identify RTOs is critical for ensuring accuracy and saving time.

3. You’ll See Little ROI: Using a word processing tool to manage your plans is not free if you have to pay your people to spend hours doing work that can be accomplished in a fraction of the time with software solution.  

 4. They Lack Ample Security:  With a traditional tool, planners are able to alter or delete plan information, share—whether intentionally or not—beyond your walls.

5. You’ll Miss Out on Valuable Support: If you select the right software, you can access additional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. 

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