BC 020301 Specifications of IT and Communication Systems and Business Dependencies

The BCP should contain a detailed specification of the main IT business processing systems and network configurations. For larger organisations with complex IT systems it may be appropriate to locate these specifications in an appendix to the main document. In the event that the detailed specifications are particularly lengthy, include in this section of the BCP a graphical representation of the critical system components together with a list of the key IT system components. This list should include the key business processes that are dependent upon each critical system component.

It is important that the system specification and representative diagrams are accurate and that they are updated if they are not currently fully up to date. It is also important that these specification documents are updated each time the IT systems are modified.

The following format is suggested for Hardware:

 

TYPE

CPU/PC MODEL

NO.

PROCESSOR

RAM

DISKS

VENDOR

OPERATING SYSTEM

Example 1

Server

 

Pentium 3

 

2

 

1500 Mhz

 

128 Mb

 

12 Gb

 

Compaq

 

NT

Example 2

Workstation

 

Pentium 3

 

28

 

450 Mhz

 

64 Mb

 

1.2 Gb

 

Compaq

 

NT

 

The following format is suggested for Software systems:

 

SYSTEM

VERSION

VENDOR/SUPPORT

PLATFORM

MAIN FEATURES

KEY BUSINESS USERS

Example 1

Opics

 

3.0

 

Misys

 

IBM RS/6000 AIX

 

Retail banking and Back office support system

 

Retail branches and retail back office

Example 2

Diameter

 

2.4

 

Aran ltd.

 

AS 400

OS/400

 

Foreign exchange

 

Treasury and FX back office

 

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