It may be that an organisation wishes to include the whole of the organisation in the BCM programme or that it wishes, in the first instance, to cover only certain key areas such as the data centre or the processes which support key services. Alternatively the scope of the BCM programme may be to cover certain customer groupings, essential plant or geographical locations.
BS 25999-1 allows for this approach, since compliance may be achieved for parts of an organisation rather than the whole organisation. However the BCI Good Practice Guidelines 2007 urge caution: “the limitation of scope should be seen as a tactical approach that allows a staged development to the introduction of BCM across an organisation. If a product or service is defined as being within scope then all activities which support its delivery must be included in the BCM programme”.