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The heat is on!

The heat is on!

Blog posts   •   Jul 19, 2016 16:12 BST

Flooding, blizzards, storms. These are perhaps the type of events that first spring to mind when we think of adverse weather, but conditions on the other end of the scale can also have a major impact. So as the UK experiences its hottest day of the year so far, we need to consider what effect this could have on our organizations.

No filter: how online platforms have changed the way we watch the news

No filter: how online platforms have changed the way we watch the news

Blog posts   •   Jul 19, 2016 14:19 BST

​Despite failing, last Friday's attempted coup d’état in Turkey proved revolutionary. It did so not politically, but in the way that news was shown. The days when the only source of information during an emergency consisted in a few reporters risking their lives among shots fired and crowds marching are over.

Brexit - identifying your exposure

Brexit - identifying your exposure

Blog posts   •   Jul 06, 2016 16:31 BST

The uncertainty regarding Brexit continues and I have been watching each twist and turn of the aftermath. Being in Scotland, there is the added dimension of Scotland’s place in Europe. As I have heard in the news, there is no playbook for Brexit or contingency plan - we live in uncertain times and we do not know how this will end.

Brexit - the opportunity?

Brexit - the opportunity?

Blog posts   •   Jul 01, 2016 10:24 BST

Are business continuity managers internal optimists, and do we really believe that we will be effected by an incident? Do we peddle our profession secretly believing, or hoping, that it will never happen to us and that our plans will never be implemented? This has happened to me. I, until the very last moment, believed that ‘remain’ would prevail and I didn’t need to worry about the vote.

​Brexit and organizational resilience – what’s your company’s beta factor?

​Brexit and organizational resilience – what’s your company’s beta factor?

Blog posts   •   Jun 20, 2016 10:23 BST

A lot of business continuity professionals compensate for the tangible disruptive events but how many have prepared for such an intangible event as the UK leaving the EU. If ever an event has highlighted the importance of business continuity within the Boardroom, then this is it.

​The ROI of building resilience into business as usual

​The ROI of building resilience into business as usual

Blog posts   •   May 18, 2016 17:04 BST

The tried, tested and not always successful counter argument goes like this. If it seems like a lot of time, effort and expenditure to adopt business continuity practices, the cost of these will be as nothing compared to the cost of enduring a catastrophe and its aftermath without a plan.

​It’s time to shift your thinking to operational resiliency

​It’s time to shift your thinking to operational resiliency

Blog posts   •   May 18, 2016 12:45 BST

Mobile, social, cognitive and the Internet of Things - technologies like these are reshaping business, improving client engagement and making employees more productive, flexible, and responsive. Our growing reliance on 24/7 availability also puts us more at risk every day and increases the impacts of an outage.

​3 wrongs make a start: Demonstrating the value of resilience

​3 wrongs make a start: Demonstrating the value of resilience

Blog posts   •   May 17, 2016 10:43 BST

Resilience professionals around the world… you are a victim of your own success! If your business is resilient (whether by effective planning or pure luck!) you will find that it becomes increasingly difficult to capture the imagination (and attention) of your boardroom.

​What business continuity return on investment means to me

​What business continuity return on investment means to me

Blog posts   •   May 16, 2016 15:11 BST

This year’s ​Business Continuity Awareness Week theme got me thinking about what return on investment means to me. The question of what ​business continuity is worth to an organization has been around for at least as long as I have been practising and probably longer.

Where is the value in business continuity?

Where is the value in business continuity?

Blog posts   •   May 15, 2016 19:04 BST

Organisations may well see an immediate short term return on investment if they face an early disruption and the business continuity plan comes through. Many teams would see this as a result, and be happy. However, this kind of result may well be what we are looking for in a plan, but in my view simple recovery is a superficial return, and not where the real added value lies.

​More than money

​More than money

Blog posts   •   May 15, 2016 14:22 BST

As a local authority our approach to business continuity is a little different; 1) because we have a statutory duty to do it and 2) because we don’t tend to focus on money and profit in the same way a private company would – but that’s not to say that we don’t still get a return on our BC investments.

​Warning: Don’t skimp on your business continuity budget

​Warning: Don’t skimp on your business continuity budget

Blog posts   •   May 14, 2016 14:32 BST

“What’s the ROI on that?” is one of the most common questions management ask when evaluating business programmes and projects. When it comes to business continuity programmes, the answer is often “Well, there’s not really any ROI unless you experience a major disaster, and we haven’t experienced one yet.”

Supply chain resilience - The case for understanding the ROI in resilience

Supply chain resilience - The case for understanding the ROI in resilience

Blog posts   •   May 13, 2016 16:23 BST

Ensuring greater resilience in your supply chains creates a greater value for money proposition than a supply chain that is fragile, and frequently creates disruptions to your business. Understanding exactly what you are paying for in terms of resilience, and using that knowledge to create appropriate levels of investment in supply chain resilience will give you a competitive advantage.

​Business resilience – a thing of the past?

​Business resilience – a thing of the past?

Blog posts   •   May 12, 2016 16:52 BST

I have been involved in disaster business resilience since the 1980's. In that time, I’ve seen it go through the phases of disaster recovery, ​business continuity and now business resilience. Y2K (remember that?!) gave it a major boost – then nothing considerable happened. Terror campaigns in the UK and USA then the pandemic 'flu scare in 2006-7 also kept it in the C-suite's mind.

​Figures at your fingertips: A 'starter for ten' to answer the ROI challenge

​Figures at your fingertips: A 'starter for ten' to answer the ROI challenge

Blog posts   •   May 12, 2016 09:44 BST

Let’s be honest, we all get annoyed at the constant challenge to justify our existence. I don’t hold with the commentators who say that ​business continuity is always a cost centre, insurance buy or grudge purchase. It makes me mad... but that’s not difficult.

​BCM and Security: Teaming for cyber events brings real business value

​BCM and Security: Teaming for cyber events brings real business value

Blog posts   •   May 11, 2016 16:09 BST

Preparing for the 'unexpected' is not a new idea. Over the last 50 years, the business continuity industry has grown out of the need to protect businesses from the unexpected and expected interruption. However, when we stop and think about the threats BC professionals must mitigate in today’s BC plans versus 20, 10 or even 5 years ago, all agree there is a new threat landscape.

​Only a quarter of businesses are Brexit ready

​Only a quarter of businesses are Brexit ready

Blog posts   •   May 10, 2016 10:03 BST

With just weeks to go until the referendum on the UK's continued membership of the European Union, a survey of over a thousand senior decision makers across Europe’s three largest economies (Germany, France and the UK) has found that only one in four businesses has developed a clear plan for dealing with the impact of a 'leave vote'.

​Drive return on business continuity planning investment

​Drive return on business continuity planning investment

Blog posts   •   May 09, 2016 16:49 BST

What if your ​business continuity planning (BCP) could actually reduce ongoing costs rather than be just an expensive insurance policy? The key to realizing ongoing value from your BCP, not to mention making a strong case for BCP investment, is to treat it as a means to achieve day-to-day resiliency regardless of whether you ever experience a disaster.

​Business continuity – designing return on investment strategies

​Business continuity – designing return on investment strategies

Blog posts   •   May 06, 2016 16:08 BST

Return on investment… a dilemma for business continuity practitioners. How to demonstrate the value of something that is designed for events which (hopefully) never occur? How to access, then budget, resources, organizational importance and leadership, as this ROI is potentially a part of the 'beauty contest' with resource competing disciplines?

​The value of business continuity: upside risk

​The value of business continuity: upside risk

Blog posts   •   May 05, 2016 11:29 BST

As we take a look at our organizations during ​Business Continuity Awareness Week, perhaps one of the most consistent challenges has been the business case. The definition of value is the cornerstone for clear communication with senior management, and continues to be a quandary. The struggle for definitions in BC, must have us ask: “What is the value of ​business continuity?”