Monthly Archives: August 2010

Improve the resilience of your business! (updated)

Announcing a step-by-step guide to creating your own business continuity plan! If you are a very small business with a simple structure, then the process of producing your own business continuity plan couldn’t be simpler. In fact, I’ve taken the need to conduct a lot of research into how to do it away from you…

No comms? No problem. How about you?

When was the last time you tested your business continuity plan(s)? I am writing this on my laptop and connected to my website via my 3G modem. I mention this because currently my office has no communications, voice or data, because BT has disconnected the lines to fix a fault that has been present on…

Is it really worth investing in business continuity?

All business need to be justify investment decisions, and let’s acknowledge up front that creating a Business Continuity Plan does require an investment, but how much is it worth spending on improving the resilience of your business? I can’t give you a single number, but I can help you work one out for yourself. Let’s…

Test the plan before the fight starts

Helmuth von Moltke the Elder famously said that “No Battle Plan Survives First Contact With the Enemy“. Whilst business continuity should not be a battle, the point is that plans often need to be revised after being put into action. As it is not a good idea to have to do this during a real…

Consider the implications of a digital life

I’ve just been reading Cult of Less – Living out of a hard drive on the BBC News website. It reports on a number of people who have digitised all their information and chosen to live without physical possessions. It’s a quirky article, but there is a serious lesson towards the end. The advantage of…

Pay attention small business, or die!

Symantec carried out a survey of over 1600 small and medium businesses worldwide [Symantec 2009 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey] and it revealed a sharp disconnect between how businesses perceive their own level of preparedness and how they behave when others have problems. Perception The survey showed that 77% of small or medium sized companies in…

This is why you practice your emergency plan – to buy time

I’ve seen this video clip many times before. Take a look and then ask yourself what you’ve learned. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd57bR8FKKQ] For me, the most interesting aspect is that, apart from the initial expletive and the increased breathing rate, there was no panic. Both aircrew knew exactly how to cope with the emergency and followed the pre-prepared…

Staying focused on the important

This post is off-topic as far as business continuity is concerned, but it’s a topic that interests me and hope you’ll find it interesting as well. I want to share with you the ways and means by which I manage my life and actually get the right things done at the right time. I don’t…

Why I am passionate about business continuity

What I do for organisations and why The broad title of what I do is business continuity management, but I prefer to think of it as organisational resilience or operational risk management. This can be business continuity planning but it also covers point solutions to business continuity pain points like information system resilience and IT…

What motivates companies to introduce business continuity planning?

I was prompted to write this blog post as a result of the discussion on my previous post “Are Business Continuity Plan Templates worth it?“. In my response to John Wade’s comment I mentioned maturity as an influencing factor in the decision to introduce business continuity management into a company and it got me thinking….

Monthly Archives: August 2010

Improve the resilience of your business! (updated)

Announcing a step-by-step guide to creating your own business continuity plan! If you are a very small business with a simple structure, then the process of producing your own business continuity plan couldn’t be simpler. In fact, I’ve taken the need to conduct a lot of research into how to do it away from you…

No comms? No problem. How about you?

When was the last time you tested your business continuity plan(s)? I am writing this on my laptop and connected to my website via my 3G modem. I mention this because currently my office has no communications, voice or data, because BT has disconnected the lines to fix a fault that has been present on…

Is it really worth investing in business continuity?

All business need to be justify investment decisions, and let’s acknowledge up front that creating a Business Continuity Plan does require an investment, but how much is it worth spending on improving the resilience of your business? I can’t give you a single number, but I can help you work one out for yourself. Let’s…

Test the plan before the fight starts

Helmuth von Moltke the Elder famously said that “No Battle Plan Survives First Contact With the Enemy“. Whilst business continuity should not be a battle, the point is that plans often need to be revised after being put into action. As it is not a good idea to have to do this during a real…

Consider the implications of a digital life

I’ve just been reading Cult of Less – Living out of a hard drive on the BBC News website. It reports on a number of people who have digitised all their information and chosen to live without physical possessions. It’s a quirky article, but there is a serious lesson towards the end. The advantage of…

Pay attention small business, or die!

Symantec carried out a survey of over 1600 small and medium businesses worldwide [Symantec 2009 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey] and it revealed a sharp disconnect between how businesses perceive their own level of preparedness and how they behave when others have problems. Perception The survey showed that 77% of small or medium sized companies in…

This is why you practice your emergency plan – to buy time

I’ve seen this video clip many times before. Take a look and then ask yourself what you’ve learned. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd57bR8FKKQ] For me, the most interesting aspect is that, apart from the initial expletive and the increased breathing rate, there was no panic. Both aircrew knew exactly how to cope with the emergency and followed the pre-prepared…

Staying focused on the important

This post is off-topic as far as business continuity is concerned, but it’s a topic that interests me and hope you’ll find it interesting as well. I want to share with you the ways and means by which I manage my life and actually get the right things done at the right time. I don’t…

Why I am passionate about business continuity

What I do for organisations and why The broad title of what I do is business continuity management, but I prefer to think of it as organisational resilience or operational risk management. This can be business continuity planning but it also covers point solutions to business continuity pain points like information system resilience and IT…

What motivates companies to introduce business continuity planning?

I was prompted to write this blog post as a result of the discussion on my previous post “Are Business Continuity Plan Templates worth it?“. In my response to John Wade’s comment I mentioned maturity as an influencing factor in the decision to introduce business continuity management into a company and it got me thinking….

Monthly Archives: August 2010

Improve the resilience of your business! (updated)

Announcing a step-by-step guide to creating your own business continuity plan! If you are a very small business with a simple structure, then the process of producing your own business continuity plan couldn’t be simpler. In fact, I’ve taken the need to conduct a lot of research into how to do it away from you…

No comms? No problem. How about you?

When was the last time you tested your business continuity plan(s)? I am writing this on my laptop and connected to my website via my 3G modem. I mention this because currently my office has no communications, voice or data, because BT has disconnected the lines to fix a fault that has been present on…

Is it really worth investing in business continuity?

All business need to be justify investment decisions, and let’s acknowledge up front that creating a Business Continuity Plan does require an investment, but how much is it worth spending on improving the resilience of your business? I can’t give you a single number, but I can help you work one out for yourself. Let’s…

Test the plan before the fight starts

Helmuth von Moltke the Elder famously said that “No Battle Plan Survives First Contact With the Enemy“. Whilst business continuity should not be a battle, the point is that plans often need to be revised after being put into action. As it is not a good idea to have to do this during a real…

Consider the implications of a digital life

I’ve just been reading Cult of Less – Living out of a hard drive on the BBC News website. It reports on a number of people who have digitised all their information and chosen to live without physical possessions. It’s a quirky article, but there is a serious lesson towards the end. The advantage of…

Pay attention small business, or die!

Symantec carried out a survey of over 1600 small and medium businesses worldwide [Symantec 2009 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey] and it revealed a sharp disconnect between how businesses perceive their own level of preparedness and how they behave when others have problems. Perception The survey showed that 77% of small or medium sized companies in…

This is why you practice your emergency plan – to buy time

I’ve seen this video clip many times before. Take a look and then ask yourself what you’ve learned. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd57bR8FKKQ] For me, the most interesting aspect is that, apart from the initial expletive and the increased breathing rate, there was no panic. Both aircrew knew exactly how to cope with the emergency and followed the pre-prepared…

Staying focused on the important

This post is off-topic as far as business continuity is concerned, but it’s a topic that interests me and hope you’ll find it interesting as well. I want to share with you the ways and means by which I manage my life and actually get the right things done at the right time. I don’t…

Why I am passionate about business continuity

What I do for organisations and why The broad title of what I do is business continuity management, but I prefer to think of it as organisational resilience or operational risk management. This can be business continuity planning but it also covers point solutions to business continuity pain points like information system resilience and IT…

What motivates companies to introduce business continuity planning?

I was prompted to write this blog post as a result of the discussion on my previous post “Are Business Continuity Plan Templates worth it?“. In my response to John Wade’s comment I mentioned maturity as an influencing factor in the decision to introduce business continuity management into a company and it got me thinking….