6 reasons why you should make a business continuity plan

6 reasons why you should make a business continuity plan

Blog posts   •   May 04, 2016 10:20 BST

If you’re an SME, you’re busy making money and keeping daily business under control. The last thing you need is another task, creating something that you may never need to use. But there are many immediate benefits and important reasons for creating a business continuity plan (BCP).

​Educating the educated educator

​Educating the educated educator

Blog posts   •   May 04, 2016 16:11 BST

This year’s theme for Business Continuity Awareness Week is 'return on investment'. As someone who has worked in business continuity in both the public and private sector for over six years I am seeing that the investment in building robust, easy to use and readily available business continuity plans is essential, but nowhere more so than throughout the world of education in the United Kingdom.

​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?”

​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?

​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.

​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.

​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.

​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.

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.

​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.”

​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.

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.

​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.

​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.

​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.