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A nice cup of tea

A nice cup of tea

Blog posts   •   Jan 31, 2014 12:20 GMT

A bad cup of tea is, in my view, worse than no cup of tea at all. It might have all the ingredients (not that there are many) but if it’s not done right it can be awful. In a similar(ish) vein, my view is that a bad business continuity plan is as bad as – and possibly worse than – no plan at all.

White Paper examines cybercrime and its stalking ground: social media

White Paper examines cybercrime and its stalking ground: social media

Blog posts   •   Jan 24, 2014 10:28 GMT

The internet fundamentally changed the way we conduct business: we can order goods, make payments and complete entire transactions with just a few mouse clicks. Few of the traditional barriers to commerce - such as time, distance and currency issues - pose the same problems in the internet age as they did before we took our business online.

Are we ready for significant power outages?

Are we ready for significant power outages?

Blog posts   •   Jan 16, 2014 12:09 GMT

Have a quick look around you and see what is powered by electricity in your buildings, pretty much everything. We need to start asking questions.

How MAD are your Top Management?

How MAD are your Top Management?

Blog posts   •   Jan 10, 2014 12:54 GMT

Dare to ask that question of your Top Management? Maybe not, but a Risk Manager would try to understand their attitude to risk and their mythical 'Risk Appetite'. As a Business Continuity Manager, why not explore their 'Maximum Attitude to Disruption' (M.A.D.) a phrase I believe I uniquely use and created hoping it becomes more prevalent in a commercially driven BC world.

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

Blog posts   •   Jan 02, 2014 10:40 GMT

How many of you have made new year's resolutions? How many of these have you already broken? It isn't always easy to keep them, so to help you out, here are 20 new year’s resolutions from the BCI that could make you a better BC practitioner.

20/20 Vision

20/20 Vision

Blog posts   •   Dec 18, 2013 10:58 GMT

There is a lot going on in 2014, the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the World Cup in Brazil, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and on the political front there is an independence referendum in Scotland. Perhaps above all this however, there is an even bigger event going on - the BCI’s 20th birthday. To mark the occasion, the BCI’s Chairman – Steve Mellish – will be launching his 20/20 vision.

Reflection on 2013, resolutions for 2014

Reflection on 2013, resolutions for 2014

Blog posts   •   Dec 13, 2013 09:52 GMT

As 2013 draws to a close and 2014 looms ever closer, it is time to reflect on what we have achieved over the last year and start to consider what the next year may have in store for us. It is time perhaps to resolve to do things over the next twelve months that we just didn't get round to over the previous twelve. So have you decided on your new year's resolutions yet?

Help develop the BCI's webinar programme

Help develop the BCI's webinar programme

Blog posts   •   Dec 06, 2013 12:32 GMT

Who has taken part in a webinar before? For the benefit of my own professional development I frequently take advantage of them as they offer a great opportunity to enhance learning by allowing classroom style teaching in the comfort of your own home, at your desk or perhaps in a coffee shop (although do remember to wear a headset or you may lose popularity extremely quickly).

Five things I learned from this year's Executive Forum...

Five things I learned from this year's Executive Forum...

Blog posts   •   Jun 14, 2013 16:48 BST

Leadership in Resilience was the theme of this year's well-attended Executive Forum and the whole programme was set up to ensure a lively debate around resilience and how BC professionals can take the initiative and lead on this hot issue.

Business Continuity relationship with other activities

Business Continuity relationship with other activities

Blog posts   •   May 20, 2013 14:00 BST

BC shares common goals and objectives with other management activities. When implemented correctly and with maturity, BC can provide significant benefit through the sharing of key information and the prioritisation of activities.

Embedding Business Continuity in the Organisation

Embedding Business Continuity in the Organisation

Blog posts   •   May 17, 2013 08:00 BST

Getting people to think about business continuity and include it in their daily lives is one of the most difficult, underestimated aspects of a BC programme, yet it can make or break the perception of how successful the programme is. It doesn’t matter how good your resilience and continuity are, if people do not know about it, or what to do in a crisis or how to maintain it, then you have failed.

Developing a response for the unexpected

Developing a response for the unexpected

Blog posts   •   May 15, 2013 15:01 BST

“The only thing harder than planning for an incident, is having to explain why you didn't.” Many organisations believe they are different and unlikely to experience or suffer from an incident. More often than not, they are wrong. No organisation wants to be affected by an incident or expects it, but that does not mean that they should not consider and plan a response just in case it does happen.

BCM World Conference and Exhibition 2013 – just another event?

BCM World Conference and Exhibition 2013 – just another event?

Blog posts   •   May 15, 2013 09:04 BST

Often working in isolation and surrounded by your ‘adversaries’, it can be a lonely role for BC professionals as you struggle to embed BCM into your organisation and to win over some of your strongest critics. Just when you feel your energy levels dwindling and see your enthusiasm ebbing into the distance, along comes the BCM World Conference and Exhibition.

Not what it seems

Not what it seems

Blog posts   •   May 14, 2013 08:20 BST

It’s very easy for the uninitiated to assume that something that looks a bit like a Business Continuity plan actually is one. But sometimes you have to look past the superficial bits to get to the reality. Sometimes, when you dig a bit, it becomes apparent that what, on the surface, is a convincing looking Business Continuity plan doesn’t actually have any substance to it .

A bumpy landing

A bumpy landing

Blog posts   •   Apr 23, 2013 08:55 BST

Andy compares home DIY to Business Continuity and talks about the additonal costs and time delays that can result when having to rectify other people's badly done home improvements. In his experience, it's like updating someone else's BCP. What should be a straightforward task turns into a monster undertaking because someone without the necessary skills or experience has had a go.

Debate Unlimited – A glimpse into the Executive Forum

Debate Unlimited – A glimpse into the Executive Forum

Blog posts   •   Apr 22, 2013 08:54 BST

With this year’s Executive Forum running on 12th and 13th June in Brussels, it seems a good time to look back at the two earlier Forums. What does happen when 600+ years of BC experience converges on Brussels each year for two days?

Exercising, maintaining and reviewing business continuity

Exercising, maintaining and reviewing business continuity

Blog posts   •   Apr 09, 2013 16:06 BST

Once you have established your business continuity (BC) requirements and put in place plans, facilities and resilience to defend the organisation against disruptions and incidents, these need to be proven and kept current as the organisation changes. This is the hardest aspect of most BC programmes and where most organisations fail to protect their investment.

Meeting the Supply Chain Complexity Challenge - Part Two

Meeting the Supply Chain Complexity Challenge - Part Two

Blog posts   •   Apr 01, 2013 10:44 BST

How are organisations dealing with the challenge? On the question of multiple tiers in the supply chain, there was common agreement on the need to gain better visibility but divergence of approach in practice. Some organisations were looking at better methods to manage tier two supplier relationships, while others recommended that the best approach was to work with tier one suppliers.

Vision Therapy - helping you to see more risks

Vision Therapy - helping you to see more risks

Blog posts   •   Apr 01, 2013 10:26 BST

Ken Simpson argued in his recent BCAW 2013 webinar that there are risks we see and ones we don't see (because we are not looking or we refuse to recognise them) and then there are those that you cannot see - the Black Swan events. Ken argued that there are less Black Swans than we think and more of the events we don't see because we don't look and recognize the threats and vulnerabilities.

What’s driving supply chain complexity? Part One

What’s driving supply chain complexity? Part One

Blog posts   •   Mar 25, 2013 17:29 GMT

In the BCI’s report Horizon Scan 2013, one of the key trends of concern identified by Business Continuity professionals was “increasing supply chain complexity”. So on Tuesday 19th March, the BCI and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) convened a roundtable of senior supply chain, risk and business continuity practitioners from diverse sectors to share experiences.