A major aspect of any business continuity plan is that employees adopt good business practices and embrace all the aspects of the plan. Employees who understand business continuity and are aware of its working parts are less likely to make serious mistakes, as they are well-prepared and competent in what to do when any form of unanticipated change occurs. Thus, it is crucial that all employees play their part in ensuring businesses continuance, and not just selected operational level employees.
As great value is derived from all employees being involved in the business continuity plan, we have detailed some roles that are important for you to consider.
To outsource or not to outsource
With the emergence of the cloud, outsourcing is frequently being used to reduce costs and acquire managed services. This is a result of companies not having the skills or resources to run services internally. Inevitably all companies will outsource components of their business which are not seen as core functions. Contingency planning is one of these functions and the following will detail how to outsource contingency planning and why you should have a contingency plan in the first place.
Ten steps to a safe working environment
Having spent time working in the demanding environments of the motor industry, I have a fairly intimate grasp on the inner workings of safety in the workplace. Having all your workers from C-level to floor staff available, healthy and safe is a key element of business sustainability. But apart from personal safety risks, other threats exist that can have a serious impact on your company’s ability to perform at peak.
What to put forward when raising the case for Business Continuity
Gaining the approval, trust and support of top management is crucial to ensuring business continuity and many projects fizzle out due to lack of buy-in from decision-makers. An important step in rallying support is presenting your case in an articulate and convincing manner that communicates the business value clearly. In this article, we will discuss how to make the argument for a comprehensive business continuity strategy that is able to provision the essentials in case of a disaster.
The value of ISO 23301 to your business
The ISO 22301 standard is the latest and pre-eminent standard for business continuity. Whereas the ISO 27001 standard covers information and technological systems, ISO 22301 aims to address every conceivable cause of disruption to a business. It is a continual process using the Plan-Do-Check-Act model. In this blog, I’d like to cover what ISO 22301 is and of what advantage it can be to your business.
An important part of the business continuity process is Business Impact Analysis, or BIA, which is defined as the process that identifies and evaluates the potential effects (financial, safety, regulatory, legal, reputation and other) of natural and man-made events on business operations. This is usually done in tandem with risk analysis, or RA, which is the process of gathering data that can be used to identify risks and possible threats to business operations.
What could possibly go wrong with your business continuity plan?
Having a business continuity plan is no guarantee that when things go wrong that everything will be plain sailing. Things change and the business landscape is littered with potential landmines waiting to explode. So, what can go wrong with your business continuity plan? This blog takes a look at some of the loopholes that can creep into your continuity plan and how you can address them to ensure a predictable and desirable outcome in the event of a disaster or service outage.
Creating an optimal business impact analysis format
Business impact analysis can be a complex undertaking and many continuity plans never leave port as a result. But there exists a simple and logical method by which business analysis can be accomplished, however, since no two businesses are the same there is no one-size-fits-all formula.
"A disaster is a sudden, calamitous event that seriously disrupts the functioning of a community or society and causes human, material, and economic or environmental losses that exceed the community’s or society’s ability to cope using its own resources. Though often caused by nature, disasters can have human origins." The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Disaster recovery is somewhat of a misnomer, in that the definition is a set of policies and procedures, designed to assist in the recovery of technology infrastructure. Disaster management, on the other hand, is the recovery from a natural or man-made disaster. Typically, disasters affect communities or geographic regions, although in our modern age, disasters can take on different forms. Needless to say, no matter in which geographic region or country one is in, one can be affected by disaster directly or indirectly, and one has to be prepared for it. An important part of disaster preparedness is RA (risk analysis), which is the process of identifying risks and threats.
Business continuity can be a rewarding and easy process or expensive and fraught with difficulty. The mistake that is most often made is thinking that business continuity is a once off undertaking. Far from that, business continuity is an iterative process, as one's business is constantly changing along with it. For the average person, the entire process and terminology may be daunting and hard to understand. Below are ways to perfect your business continuity process.
Is your company cloud-shy? How cloud disaster recovery can save your bacon.
For many IT managers, getting decision-makers on board with taking a more adoptive stance toward technology is still a major source of frustration. Ironically, it’s when IT is perceived to be lacking the resources to move business forward, that lack of foresight on IT’s side is given the blame. Balancing the tightrope between adequately provisioning IT systems and keeping business leaders can be tedious. With cloud technology now well and truly a reality in our everyday lives, it’s still curious how many businesses are still averse to the concept and its contribution to networking as a concept. This blog takes a look at how cloud disaster recovery, as an example, can save your company’s bacon and ease the strain on your budget at the same time.
Standardisation is a great way to create a framework to work within, but ultimately the greatest standard one can follow is common sense. ICT and data compliance however, are a requirement that CIOs cannot escape. But regulatory adherence doesn’t have to be an administrative nightmare for already time-starved IT execs. This blog takes a look at a few key elements that should be on every CIO’s compliance checklist to aid in meeting data compliance challenges in the context of the modern networking environment. These are not at all exhaustive, but form the crux of what should be on every CIO’s mind.
In an ever shrinking world, communication is of utmost importance. In a disaster recovery situation, bad communication can mean the difference between life and death.
Five crucial capacity planning considerations for IT managers
We’ve all called a customer support line only to get told that ‘due to high call volumes, waiting times may be long’. As frustrating as it is for customers, it's even more frustrating for support agents at the receiving end of an irate client's tirade (I have been there countless times). Another source of frustration is hearing (or saying), ‘Please bear with me, our systems are (always) slow.’ This is an example of bad capacity planning and a lack of research for sure.
In the aftermath of a disaster, lives can be lost as a result of delayed reaction times. In many cases, rescue efforts are hampered by dangerous conditions and the lack of manpower. The use of drones in disaster recovery is a great way to overcome these obstacles.
Convincing your CFO to invest in a business continuity strategy can be a difficult task. Already buckling under the pressures of a global recession and trying to keep the company’s head above water, a CFO often sees investing in business continuity as an unwelcome expense. It's not an impossible task though, if done using the correct approach. Here are a few pointers that will help you in achieving that:
With the increasing cost of coal and the immense carbon footprint of many of our power stations, many researchers and scientists have been looking for innovative ways to produce electricity cheaply and without a massive environmental impact.We believe that solar power should potentially form part of your business continuity planning Is there a way to make solar power more efficient? There might just be.
Having a business continuity plan is one thing, but having one that really works and covers all angles is another story. Disasters and disruptive events can occur at any time, and if one is a firm believer in Murphy's Law, then they’re most likely to occur at the most inopportune of times. It makes perfect sense that if the plan wasn't well written or was outdated or ineffective, it may even result in a situation far worse than if one had no plan at all. Find below five key elements of an effective business continuity plan.
A frightening number of small to medium enterprises ignore business continuity planning at their own peril. When disaster strikes one may be caught unprepared and severely on the backfoot, perhaps never recovering.