Monthly Archives: October 2010

How do you measure up against my mum?

Grab Bags are just as much use in the home as in the business This post was prompted by a conversation I had yesterday with my mother. She was telling me, and showing me, her grab bag: containing her and my father’s passports, driving licences, insurance policies, copies of their wills etc. Now I know…

Tip – be able to work from elsewhere

One of the “Places” incidents referred to in “People, Places and Processes – what could go wrong?” is the inability to work from your primary workplace. This could be an office, a factory, your home. For whatever reason, and it really doesn’t matter why, you are unable to work from there for a period of…

Don’t decrease your resilience just as the risks are getting greater

One of the highest ranking news topics in the UK at the moment is the Comprehensive Spending Review and the impact it is going to have on all our lives. As I was looking through the news yesterday it was obvious that everybody is focused on the cuts and how best to survive them. I…

Give business continuity a chance

I’ve just been reading an excellent post on the topic of business continuity over on Tom Olzak’s security blog. Tom gives a very simple but clear definition of business continuity: Business continuity is the practice of understanding critical business processes and ensuring their availability.  Disaster recovery is a component of business continuity. Couldn’t have put…

People, Places and Processes – What could go wrong?

Things can and do go wrong. The question is how well will your business cope when they do? The three P’s If you want to improve the resilience of your business processes, you need to think about what could disrupt them and thus affect your ability to serve your customers. For this, you need to…

What I did last weekend

Photo of three marshals on Peak Assault

By way of a slight diversion from business continuity and supply chain resilience, another one of my leisure activities is being a Scout Leader in Letchworth and Baldock District. As I am also a very keen hillwalker, every year I assist on Hertfordshire Peak Assault. HPA is a wild country orienteering competition that is held…

Tip – Look at your suppliers as well

You don’t have to be Tesco or Waitrose to realise that failure of part of your supply chain could impact your own viability. If you are like many companies these days, you have a supply chain that provides you with products and services that form part of your deliverables. In the extreme case, you are…

How to perform a Business Impact Analysis

Business Continuity Management is the process of improving the resilience of an organisation so that it is more able to continue delivering its products or services when something goes wrong. Getting started with Business Continuity can seem daunting at first, but it can be considered as being a project to develop the first business continuity…

Is it good to have your head in the cloud?

Picture of clouds

This post has been provoked by Graham Dodge’s excellent piece “Maybe the Cloud IS useful after all…” over on “Foundation and Empire”; which itself links to a piece on InfoWorld entitled “Run IT as a business — why that’s a train wreck waiting to happen“. Graham’s piece reports his Damascine moment regarding the place of…

Tip – Prepare yourself and your family as well

It’s all very well planning on how your business is going to survive a major incident or disaster, but don’t forget to plan how you and your family would survive a similar incident. Houses burn down as well as factories People lose power at home as well as at work: probably more so in fact…

Monthly Archives: October 2010

How do you measure up against my mum?

Grab Bags are just as much use in the home as in the business This post was prompted by a conversation I had yesterday with my mother. She was telling me, and showing me, her grab bag: containing her and my father’s passports, driving licences, insurance policies, copies of their wills etc. Now I know…

Tip – be able to work from elsewhere

One of the “Places” incidents referred to in “People, Places and Processes – what could go wrong?” is the inability to work from your primary workplace. This could be an office, a factory, your home. For whatever reason, and it really doesn’t matter why, you are unable to work from there for a period of…

Don’t decrease your resilience just as the risks are getting greater

One of the highest ranking news topics in the UK at the moment is the Comprehensive Spending Review and the impact it is going to have on all our lives. As I was looking through the news yesterday it was obvious that everybody is focused on the cuts and how best to survive them. I…

Give business continuity a chance

I’ve just been reading an excellent post on the topic of business continuity over on Tom Olzak’s security blog. Tom gives a very simple but clear definition of business continuity: Business continuity is the practice of understanding critical business processes and ensuring their availability.  Disaster recovery is a component of business continuity. Couldn’t have put…

People, Places and Processes – What could go wrong?

Things can and do go wrong. The question is how well will your business cope when they do? The three P’s If you want to improve the resilience of your business processes, you need to think about what could disrupt them and thus affect your ability to serve your customers. For this, you need to…

What I did last weekend

Photo of three marshals on Peak Assault

By way of a slight diversion from business continuity and supply chain resilience, another one of my leisure activities is being a Scout Leader in Letchworth and Baldock District. As I am also a very keen hillwalker, every year I assist on Hertfordshire Peak Assault. HPA is a wild country orienteering competition that is held…

Tip – Look at your suppliers as well

You don’t have to be Tesco or Waitrose to realise that failure of part of your supply chain could impact your own viability. If you are like many companies these days, you have a supply chain that provides you with products and services that form part of your deliverables. In the extreme case, you are…

How to perform a Business Impact Analysis

Business Continuity Management is the process of improving the resilience of an organisation so that it is more able to continue delivering its products or services when something goes wrong. Getting started with Business Continuity can seem daunting at first, but it can be considered as being a project to develop the first business continuity…

Is it good to have your head in the cloud?

Picture of clouds

This post has been provoked by Graham Dodge’s excellent piece “Maybe the Cloud IS useful after all…” over on “Foundation and Empire”; which itself links to a piece on InfoWorld entitled “Run IT as a business — why that’s a train wreck waiting to happen“. Graham’s piece reports his Damascine moment regarding the place of…

Tip – Prepare yourself and your family as well

It’s all very well planning on how your business is going to survive a major incident or disaster, but don’t forget to plan how you and your family would survive a similar incident. Houses burn down as well as factories People lose power at home as well as at work: probably more so in fact…