Monthly Archives: November 2010

Backups – take them seriously, or suffer

Let’s face it: when it comes to backing up information; some folks do, some folks don’t. Some folks will and some folks won’t. Which camp are you in? If you are in the don’t, won’t camp; let me try and persuade you otherwise. Why Backup? This deceptively simple question actually gets to the nub of…

Tip – Be a realist in your business life

Listening to this morning’s Today programme on BBC Radio Four, I was struck by something that has great relevance to Business Continuity Planning. The item was questioning why it is that we always get caught out by a cold snap in the winter and equally get caught out by a heatwave in the summer. The…

Worry about the impact, not the cause

Business Continuity Planning is all about making changes to business processes that improve the overall resilience of the business. The changes are generally a mixture of risk reduction and mitigation measures; and contingency plans for what to do when something goes wrong. A common mistake when considering what to do to improve the resilience of…

How do I introduce Business Continuity Planning into my business?

Introducing the concepts and practices of business continuity planning needn’t be a massive undertaking. All you need to do is follow a structured process and proceed at your own pace. I have prepared a simple 10-step process that will guide you, but the key is to understand why it is important and to appreciate the…

Tip – Check your backups regularly

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? No, this isn’t a philosophical Monday Tip, but the question posed above does have relevance if I corrupt it as follows: If a file is never retrieved from a backup, did the file get backed…

One year on and £276M later

It’s one year since the flooding in Cumbria and Cumbria County Council has just released a report on the state of play one year on. It makes interesting reading but there was one statistic that needs to be considered by all businesses that operate from areas at risk of flooding or other natural disaster: and…

What goes into a good Business Continuity Plan?

OK, you’ve taken the decision to take the topic of business continuity planning seriously and you’re going to introduce a Business Continuity Management System [BCMS] into your organisation. What does the final “plan” look like? At the risk of seeming superficial, the answer is: “it depends“. Naturally, the detailed content is going to be dependent…

Is your exit protected?

Having a business continuity plan will help you when you sell your business. So, you want to sell your business. Great, I hope you get a lot of money for it. But, have you considered the impact you leaving will have on the company? You can bet that any potential buyer will; unless of course…

Could you go paperless?

It seems like we have been talking about the paperless office for centuries now, but actually get no nearer to actually achieving it. Despite this state of affairs, I’d like you to think about the many pieces of paper you probably have in your office and consider whether you really need to have physical access…

Reverting to manual…

Reading an article in Disaster Recovery Journal recalled an incident that occurred to me a few weeks ago that teaches a salutary lesson. The article in question refers to an incident in a supermarket where the point of sale terminals went down. Although the customers were flustered, the store manager immediately told the staff to…

Monthly Archives: November 2010

Backups – take them seriously, or suffer

Let’s face it: when it comes to backing up information; some folks do, some folks don’t. Some folks will and some folks won’t. Which camp are you in? If you are in the don’t, won’t camp; let me try and persuade you otherwise. Why Backup? This deceptively simple question actually gets to the nub of…

Tip – Be a realist in your business life

Listening to this morning’s Today programme on BBC Radio Four, I was struck by something that has great relevance to Business Continuity Planning. The item was questioning why it is that we always get caught out by a cold snap in the winter and equally get caught out by a heatwave in the summer. The…

Worry about the impact, not the cause

Business Continuity Planning is all about making changes to business processes that improve the overall resilience of the business. The changes are generally a mixture of risk reduction and mitigation measures; and contingency plans for what to do when something goes wrong. A common mistake when considering what to do to improve the resilience of…

How do I introduce Business Continuity Planning into my business?

Introducing the concepts and practices of business continuity planning needn’t be a massive undertaking. All you need to do is follow a structured process and proceed at your own pace. I have prepared a simple 10-step process that will guide you, but the key is to understand why it is important and to appreciate the…

Tip – Check your backups regularly

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? No, this isn’t a philosophical Monday Tip, but the question posed above does have relevance if I corrupt it as follows: If a file is never retrieved from a backup, did the file get backed…

One year on and £276M later

It’s one year since the flooding in Cumbria and Cumbria County Council has just released a report on the state of play one year on. It makes interesting reading but there was one statistic that needs to be considered by all businesses that operate from areas at risk of flooding or other natural disaster: and…

What goes into a good Business Continuity Plan?

OK, you’ve taken the decision to take the topic of business continuity planning seriously and you’re going to introduce a Business Continuity Management System [BCMS] into your organisation. What does the final “plan” look like? At the risk of seeming superficial, the answer is: “it depends“. Naturally, the detailed content is going to be dependent…

Is your exit protected?

Having a business continuity plan will help you when you sell your business. So, you want to sell your business. Great, I hope you get a lot of money for it. But, have you considered the impact you leaving will have on the company? You can bet that any potential buyer will; unless of course…

Could you go paperless?

It seems like we have been talking about the paperless office for centuries now, but actually get no nearer to actually achieving it. Despite this state of affairs, I’d like you to think about the many pieces of paper you probably have in your office and consider whether you really need to have physical access…

Reverting to manual…

Reading an article in Disaster Recovery Journal recalled an incident that occurred to me a few weeks ago that teaches a salutary lesson. The article in question refers to an incident in a supermarket where the point of sale terminals went down. Although the customers were flustered, the store manager immediately told the staff to…

Monthly Archives: November 2010

Backups – take them seriously, or suffer

Let’s face it: when it comes to backing up information; some folks do, some folks don’t. Some folks will and some folks won’t. Which camp are you in? If you are in the don’t, won’t camp; let me try and persuade you otherwise. Why Backup? This deceptively simple question actually gets to the nub of…

Tip – Be a realist in your business life

Listening to this morning’s Today programme on BBC Radio Four, I was struck by something that has great relevance to Business Continuity Planning. The item was questioning why it is that we always get caught out by a cold snap in the winter and equally get caught out by a heatwave in the summer. The…

Worry about the impact, not the cause

Business Continuity Planning is all about making changes to business processes that improve the overall resilience of the business. The changes are generally a mixture of risk reduction and mitigation measures; and contingency plans for what to do when something goes wrong. A common mistake when considering what to do to improve the resilience of…

How do I introduce Business Continuity Planning into my business?

Introducing the concepts and practices of business continuity planning needn’t be a massive undertaking. All you need to do is follow a structured process and proceed at your own pace. I have prepared a simple 10-step process that will guide you, but the key is to understand why it is important and to appreciate the…

Tip – Check your backups regularly

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? No, this isn’t a philosophical Monday Tip, but the question posed above does have relevance if I corrupt it as follows: If a file is never retrieved from a backup, did the file get backed…

One year on and £276M later

It’s one year since the flooding in Cumbria and Cumbria County Council has just released a report on the state of play one year on. It makes interesting reading but there was one statistic that needs to be considered by all businesses that operate from areas at risk of flooding or other natural disaster: and…

What goes into a good Business Continuity Plan?

OK, you’ve taken the decision to take the topic of business continuity planning seriously and you’re going to introduce a Business Continuity Management System [BCMS] into your organisation. What does the final “plan” look like? At the risk of seeming superficial, the answer is: “it depends“. Naturally, the detailed content is going to be dependent…

Is your exit protected?

Having a business continuity plan will help you when you sell your business. So, you want to sell your business. Great, I hope you get a lot of money for it. But, have you considered the impact you leaving will have on the company? You can bet that any potential buyer will; unless of course…

Could you go paperless?

It seems like we have been talking about the paperless office for centuries now, but actually get no nearer to actually achieving it. Despite this state of affairs, I’d like you to think about the many pieces of paper you probably have in your office and consider whether you really need to have physical access…

Reverting to manual…

Reading an article in Disaster Recovery Journal recalled an incident that occurred to me a few weeks ago that teaches a salutary lesson. The article in question refers to an incident in a supermarket where the point of sale terminals went down. Although the customers were flustered, the store manager immediately told the staff to…