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Ensuring business continuity is a key part of everyone’s role

Ensuring business continuity is a key part of everyone’s role

Blog posts   •   Nov 17, 2016 11:33 GMT

For business continuity in particular, it can be tough to get traction if the business has experienced calm waters for a while. The problem with that is, it doesn’t necessarily bring a call to action to the forefront of people’s minds and culture can suffer as a result.

​The necessity of organizational buy-in

​The necessity of organizational buy-in

Blog posts   •   Nov 02, 2016 09:37 GMT

Business continuity professionals may still need to fight for their place in an organization, though I hope that companies who are not fully invested in business continuity programmes are able to see the benefits of those who are leading their industries.

​The cultural restraints on business continuity

​The cultural restraints on business continuity

Blog posts   •   Oct 26, 2016 12:15 BST

I still think the greatest challenge for continuity and resilience professionals is to broaden the scope of action to include the social components in their considerations. Indeed, we all know that an organization is as vulnerable as the weakest link in its value chain, and we are also aware of the fact that each company operates in an interconnected environment.

Stop using the 'P' word

Stop using the 'P' word

Blog posts   •   Oct 11, 2016 14:16 BST

An article was recently posted on the Business Continuity Institute's website titled 'Don't just download a business continuity plan'. It contained sage advice for those who would download a template, fill in the blanks and then believe they had actually created something of any value.

Don't just download a business continuity plan

Don't just download a business continuity plan

Blog posts   •   Oct 04, 2016 15:29 BST

Developing a business continuity capability means planning as opposed to just writing a plan. It means having a strategy and implementing solutions. And, amongst other things, it means involvement from the business, education and awareness and exercising and testing, to develop, instil and prove that capability.

We have a recovery plan and exercised it, what next?

We have a recovery plan and exercised it, what next?

Blog posts   •   Sep 13, 2016 15:56 BST

Once you have a good working recovery plan in place, don’t go through the motions of doing the same exercise every year with the learning points diminishing each time. Get the team thinking about other aspects of the recovery which can often be done without a lot of time or expense but adds value and robustness to your ability to recover after an incident.

​Death of the Business Impact Analysis?

​Death of the Business Impact Analysis?

Blog posts   •   Aug 24, 2016 16:01 BST

​ClearView Continuity, provider of an award-winning Business Continuity Management software platform, are Platinum Sponsors of the BCI World Conference where you can visit them on Stand 43 to find out more of the software and arrange a demonstration.

​Do we need business continuity any more?

​Do we need business continuity any more?

Blog posts   •   Aug 22, 2016 16:46 BST

Recently SunGard AS released their availability trends report. One of the more significant stats shows a marked decline in the number of invocations - during 2015 there were just seven across in the UK (that's at Sungard sites, of course). In fact, over a 10 year period the number of invocations has gone down by 90%. But like most statistics, it raises more questions than answers

Failing to plan is planning to fail... is your organization crisis ready?

Failing to plan is planning to fail... is your organization crisis ready?

Blog posts   •   Aug 05, 2016 14:21 BST

The crisis management plan is just one aspect in ensuring your team are ready to respond to an incident or crisis. Taking the time to carefully consider the what, when, why and how enables the necessary steps to be taken to ensure everybody knows exactly what to do should the worst happen.

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.