Blog posts • Apr 25, 2014 11:11 BST
Many larger companies which have Business Continuity Management systems produce or deliver products. Failure to deliver as a result of any interruption will very likely impact upon the business financially and could ultimately put companies out of business. Is there any wonder therefore that the management of such businesses are often quite willing to spend money on protecting their interests.
Blog posts • Feb 21, 2014 15:14 GMT
The other day I attended a meeting of a local business continuity forum. It was a very well run, very interesting meeting – the latter despite the fact that one of the topics was business interruption insurance, living proof that any subject can be made interesting by an engaging speaker. There was, however, one small glitch in proceedings that I thought was worthy of note...
Blog posts • Feb 13, 2014 11:13 GMT
I’m relatively new to business continuity management, with only a little over ten years’ experience in this industry that is said to be made up of the 'Men in Grey'. Someone said this to me at last year’s BCI World Conference, I then looked in the mirror and sure enough that was me already. So what incenses me and what gives me hope that as an Institute we are making progress?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
Blog posts • Mar 25, 2013 09:16 GMT
We are all familiar with the expression “practice makes perfect”. Practising is all about rehearsing again and again until you have mastered the role you’ve been assigned; but, it is also about improving. Having a BCP in place will not save your business; having the right people with the right capability to deliver that plan will, and the only way to develop that capability is through exercising.
How well are you weathering the storm? Lorraine Darke, Executive Director of the BCI provides the insider view on the official launch of the CMI’s annual BCM Survey Report
Blog posts • Mar 20, 2013 14:00 GMT
Tuesday of Business Continuity Awareness Week saw the launch of the Chartered Management Institute’s annual Business Continuity Management Survey which is supported by the BCI, the BSI and the UK’s Civil Contingencies Secretariat. The setting for this year’s launch was the rather imposing setting of the Grand Committee Room, House of Commons, Palace of Westminster....
Blog posts • Mar 20, 2013 09:59 GMT
Monday 18th March saw the official launch of the Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) 2013, the independent body of knowledge for good Business Continuity (BC) practice worldwide. The launch of GPG 2013 signifies a memorable event for BC professionals all around the world and marks a key milestone for the Business Continuity Institute (BCI).
Blog posts • Mar 12, 2013 13:53 GMT
Business Continuity (BC) is the implementation and management of a set of business practices that provide on-going resilience and recovery capabilities for those activities/infrastructure that are required to keep an organisation working. This is not a new concept but since its establishment in the 1980's, BC has achieved world-wide recognition as a core management activity.
Blog posts • Feb 12, 2013 11:17 GMT
This blog brings to an end my review of BCI predictions for 2013 – mainly because as we have now reached February, they are beginning to look more like news comment than forecasts. Predictions 7 through 10 were about business failures, sustainability, increased outsourcing problems and social media respectively.