The Importance of Business Continuity Management Drills

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It’s a fact; business continuity management programs (BCM) that consistently perform well-planned exercises get better results when dealing with real crisis situations. After all, you never know when a disruption will take place, so ensuring you run business continuity management drills can greatly improve your team’s ability to adequately respond when they need to. BCM Drills: Practice Makes Perfect Running business continuity management drills is a key role for any business continuity program leader. Drafting BCM plans and making sure they work effectively in a crisis are two wildly different things....
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Creating Business Continuity Plans

Creating Business Continuity Plans

While globally, the level of maturity of business continuity programs continues to rise, there are still many organizations that do not feel fully prepared. And, there is confusion when it comes to creating business continuity plans. On average, respondents to MissionMode’s Readiness survey rate themselves at 58/100 in overall preparedness, and a recent disaster preparedness benchmark survey found that 75% of companies worldwide are failing in terms of IT disaster readiness. According to our Readiness Survey, 60% of organizations have underdeveloped plans as follows: 6.9% currently have no business continuity...
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Business Continuity Preparation: What to Plan For

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Developing a high-performance business continuity program is hard work and requires significant resource commitments and upper-management support. Respondents to the MissionMode Readiness Survey report varying levels of readiness with under 40% claiming to have business continuity management (BCM) plans in place across a wide number of potentially disruptive event types: 38% – Comprehensive BCM plans developed and trained across a wide variety of event types 37% – Plans developed and trained across a limited number of event types 25% – No plans or preliminary plans drafted but not trained These...
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The Importance of Executive Sponsorship

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The most commonly cited obstacle to Business Continuity (BC)/Disaster Recovery (DR) program success is a lack of management support, and this is for good reason. New and non-established BC Management (BCM) programs have to overcome serious inertia in order to succeed. Full-Time Equivalents Business continuity is not a core competency of most organizations and few employ a full-time team of BCM professionals. According to the 2014 CI/KPMG benchmarking survey, the majority of organizations have between 0 and 2 FTEs dedicated to primary BC/DR functions: Even when launched in the aftermath...
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Assembling the Right Business Continuity Team

Assemble a Business Continuity Team

Organizations both large and small need to have business continuity plans in place to manage unexpected business disruptions. Whether these events are triggered by severe weather, civil unrest, product failure or any of a myriad of other factors, the time to figure out how to manage an incident is not when that incident occurs. Getting Started – The Right Leadership Model Typically, a Business Continuity Manager is identified to lead the planning and preparedness process, and one of that person’s first responsibilities is to assemble the right team and governance...
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IMS Best Practices: Adoption & Return

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As business continuity planning and Incident Management Systems (IMS) continue to gain traction worldwide, it is important to use the information from the enterprise software industry to maximize your organization’s ROI and ensure your IMS rollout is smooth, deliberate and successful. If you are about to launch a new IMS for your organization, the following IMS best practices could make all the difference to your bottom line. Tip #1: Clearly Define Project Objectives Write down what events you plan to target, how you plan to use the new IMS application,...
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Successfully Implement an Incident Management System (IMS)

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These days, enterprise software implementation statistics are low. If a program does not have a passionate leader to champion the project and sell it to others, the chances of success start to decline. Forrester, an independent global technology and market research company, reports almost half of CRM rollouts fail—a dismal 49%. In addition, less than 12% of companies ever reach 75% adoption by target users—which means less than three-quarters of employees are actually using the software. Even in light of these murky statistics, at MissionMode, we know it is possible...
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Incident Management Systems: Choose the Right Incident Management System

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This is the final installment in our four-part series, “Incident Management Systems: A Business Continuity Program Game-Changer.” The goal of the series is to help business continuity practitioners better understand the role of incident management software so they can evaluate how these tools might help boost program effectiveness. In the previous article we provided a framework for assessing if a C/IM system is right for your organization. Here we will help you understand how to evaluate the various C/IM options and determine which would be the best fit for your...
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Is an Incident Management System Right for Your Organization?

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This is the third in our four-part series, “Incident Management Systems: A Business Continuity Program Game-Changer.”  The goal of the series is to help business continuity practitioners better understand the role of incident management software so they can evaluate how these tools might help boost program effectiveness. In the previous article we attempted to separate myth from fact in terms of what Crisis/Incident Management (C/IM) systems do and who can benefit from them. Here we will help you assess if a C/IM system is right for your organization. Most organizations...
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Incident Management: Being Ready for Anything

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We have said it before, sometimes incidents are not the result of weather, cyberattacks or other things that can disrupt delivery. They are often unforeseen things such as media scandals. And, in some cases, they can be scandals at another company that impact your industry as a whole. Take the recent Volkswagen scandal where they admitted to creating software on their diesel-powered 4-cylinder cars that would trick emissions tests to allow their vehicles to pass. VW has long been an advocate of diesel vehicles and was among the leaders in...
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