Business Continuity Trends

Business Continuity Planning: How Resilient Is your Supply Chain?

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Financial and resource priorities are constantly jockeying to get management’s attention in today’s corporate world, and oftentimes a comprehensive business continuity plan (BCP) gets neglected in favor of more immediate, pressing considerations. According to a recent study from the University of Tennessee’s Global Supply Chain Institute, supply chain resiliency, a critical element to any well-developed business continuity plan, is being ignored by 90 percent of firms surveyed. Vulnerabilities to Comprehensive Planning While 68% of businesses have some level of business continuity planning in place, supply chain resiliency seems to fall...
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Study Indicates Business Continuity Management Maturity Growing

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A recent survey released by Continuity Insights suggests there is still significant room for improvement in business continuity management (BCM) program maturity across organizations of all sizes and industries. As shown below, only 5.8% of respondents rated their program maturity as Level 6 – Synergistic, meaning that cross-functional coordination allows for upstream and downstream testing of business continuity plans.  The majority of respondents (52.5%) fall into levels 3 and 4 which means that they have centrally governed BCM teams that provide support and oversight to business units across the organization...
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Business Continuity Awareness Week 2014

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Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) is on March 17-21, 2014. It’s an annual global event that is facilitated by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI). The purpose of BCAW is to provide a vehicle to raise the awareness of and to showcase the value of Business Continuity as an integrated part of an organization’s strategy. BCAW is a high-profile event that delivers high-value benefits to both the BC newcomer and the BC professional. BCAW opens up the doors to anyone who wants to find out more about what business continuity is...
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Getting Employees to Care about Business Continuity Plans

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An InformationWeek article by Wendy Schuchart caught our attention because it addresses a problem that plagues business continuity efforts around the globe – the average employee simply does not care. If employees don’t care, the best-laid business continuity plans will be difficult to fully implement. Here is Wendy’s list, with our own take on each item. 1. They have no idea that a plan exists. While they probably are actually aware that there is a plan, most of your employees probably have no idea what your business continuity plans consist...
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Infographic: Business Continuity Best Practices in an IT Environment

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The constant parade of new hardware and software that necessarily comes into a data center makes for a lot of moving parts that can be extremely difficult for IT managers to integrate into a business continuity best practices plan. Data center managers need to hold down capital expenses while maintaining and supporting ever-expanding demands. This infographic from eWeek contains interesting statistics and practical guidance for ensuring that your systems are “Always up, always on”. The image is courtesy of eWeek. Click on the image to view it full-size.   MissionMode’s smarter mass...
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Business Continuity Planning and the Boston Bombings

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The bombings at the Boston marathon were a tragic reminder that terrorism can strike anywhere at any time. Business continuity planning professionals should be thinking about the effects of a terrorist attack and incorporate those scenarios into their plans. Mike Jennings wrote an excellent, lengthy article in Continuity Insights about lessons we can learn from the bombings. More than half a million spectators lined the route of the marathon. Thanks to the excellent preparations of responders, the casualty rate was lower than it could have been. Mike cites access to...
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Secrets of Building a Business Continuity Program

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Most organizations need to develop a Business Continuity Program (BCP) to ensure that they can withstand disruptions and build a truly resilient organization. However, many organizations struggle with the creation, implementation and management of BC programs, whether they are small or on a global scale. A new webinar will communicate to Business Continuity professionals the secrets of building a Business Continuity Program. The webinar is titled “Secrets to Building a Business Continuity Program”. Based on more than two decades of BC experience, presenter Michael Lazcano will share his experience, lessons...
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The Importance of Teamwork in Business Continuity

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You would be hard pressed to create a list of things in life that are more easily accomplished solo, rather than as part of a team. Crisis management and business continuity are certainly not on that list, as the broad scope of knowledge required, and responsibilities that must be undertaken, are perfectly suited to a group. In a Steelhenge Crisis Thinking blog post, Katie Collison shared a list of undeniable reasons why business continuity and crisis management are joint efforts, including these examples: Resource Anyone who has been involved in...
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Business Continuity Trends Versus Crisis Management

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In our field, the terms business continuity trends and crisis management are thrown around a lot. What we’ve noticed recently, though, is that many are under the mistaken impression that the two have the same meaning. Crisis Management While it is true that they are closely related, they are not one and the same. In his Managing Outcomes newsletter, crisis management pro Tony Jaques gave an excellent explanation on the aspects of crisis management: Crisis Management is a strategic management process which begins long before the triggering event and continues...
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Creating a Business Continuity Management-Friendly Culture

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The more accepting your organization is of the need for business continuity management, the easier it is to implement plans, and the more successful you will be when it comes time to enact those plans. The problem is, everyone in your organization is busy with their own tasks, and business continuity often gets left with the short end of the stick when it comes to spare time and energy from other departments. Making business continuity mean more How can you help make business continuity mean more to members of your...
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