Monthly Archives: January 2011

Tip – Concentrate on the critical bits

The task of introducing the concepts of Business Continuity can seem daunting at the outset. One tends to be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task in anything other than a very small business. Even in the latter case, the problem seems no smaller, because there are also fewer people to assist. This Monday Tip…

Setting up a new Facebook Page

As part of my mission to spread the word about the importance of Business Continuity, I have just created a new Facebook page for Business Continuity UK. The Page is called, unsurprisingly, “Business Continuity UK” and can be found at http://on.fb.me/eCZDXO. I intend using it to engage with the community in a different way than…

Extra Tip – Don’t leave your online tax return to the last minute

I am prompted to write this after having seeing somebody ask a question on Twitter about whether the lost password recovery process on the HMRC website involves sending the password by post. I have been pretty astounded by the number of tweets in the past couple of days from people who are still preparing their…

What does that Business Continuity term mean?

BCI publishes a dictionary of Business Continuity terms I guess it had to happen soon. I’m not sure if it is a sign of maturity, or of confusion, but The BCI has just published a dictionary of Business Continuity terms. So now you can find out the definitive difference between Business Continuity Management: A holistic…

Tip – Changed the business? Review your Business Continuity Plans

A change to your business should always be accompanied by a check of your Business Continuity Plans to assess their continued applicability The times, they are a-changing The World changes, and businesses need to change to meet the changing needs of their clients. There is also internal change as processes are improved, adapted or discontinued….

What do you know about “Silent Corruption”?

Computer with mangled tape

The Universe is out to destroy your data. Make sure your shields are up! In this post I hope to demonstrate the importance of thinking carefully about how you do your backups rather than just installing some software and doing them. I also hope to help you understand why archives need to be treated differently…

Tip – Test your Business Continuity Plans regularly

Until you practice, or exercise, your Business Continuity Plan; you cannot know whether you have covered all the bases. I’m sure everybody has heard the quote attributed to Gary Player: “The more I practice, the luckier I get”. The converse of this is “If you don’t practice, how can you expect to succeed” and the…

Tip – Buy a 3G Modem

Having a 3G modem lets you carry on working if your access line fails Summary Loss of Internet access is one of the most common sources of business interruption. Having a 3G modem in your desk or bag could make the difference between closing that sale and losing it to a competitor. Why you need…

Bare metal backup systems save you money

Computer with mangled tape

Implementing a bare metal backup system as part of your Disaster Recovery Planning can reduce your downtime by a day and half when you suffer a server failure. Summary Restoring a failed server is faster if you have implemented a backup system that allows you to restore directly from a recovery CD. A simple calculation…

Tip – It’s time to tidy your virtual house

Archive old data and tidy up your filesystem so that your backups run faster A belated Happy New Year. Here is an equally belated Monday Tip to start the new year off. One of the consequences of living a digital life is the accumulation of heaps of digital data. Now, whilst disk space is now…

Monthly Archives: January 2011

Tip – Concentrate on the critical bits

The task of introducing the concepts of Business Continuity can seem daunting at the outset. One tends to be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task in anything other than a very small business. Even in the latter case, the problem seems no smaller, because there are also fewer people to assist. This Monday Tip…

Setting up a new Facebook Page

As part of my mission to spread the word about the importance of Business Continuity, I have just created a new Facebook page for Business Continuity UK. The Page is called, unsurprisingly, “Business Continuity UK” and can be found at http://on.fb.me/eCZDXO. I intend using it to engage with the community in a different way than…

Extra Tip – Don’t leave your online tax return to the last minute

I am prompted to write this after having seeing somebody ask a question on Twitter about whether the lost password recovery process on the HMRC website involves sending the password by post. I have been pretty astounded by the number of tweets in the past couple of days from people who are still preparing their…

What does that Business Continuity term mean?

BCI publishes a dictionary of Business Continuity terms I guess it had to happen soon. I’m not sure if it is a sign of maturity, or of confusion, but The BCI has just published a dictionary of Business Continuity terms. So now you can find out the definitive difference between Business Continuity Management: A holistic…

Tip – Changed the business? Review your Business Continuity Plans

A change to your business should always be accompanied by a check of your Business Continuity Plans to assess their continued applicability The times, they are a-changing The World changes, and businesses need to change to meet the changing needs of their clients. There is also internal change as processes are improved, adapted or discontinued….

What do you know about “Silent Corruption”?

Computer with mangled tape

The Universe is out to destroy your data. Make sure your shields are up! In this post I hope to demonstrate the importance of thinking carefully about how you do your backups rather than just installing some software and doing them. I also hope to help you understand why archives need to be treated differently…

Tip – Test your Business Continuity Plans regularly

Until you practice, or exercise, your Business Continuity Plan; you cannot know whether you have covered all the bases. I’m sure everybody has heard the quote attributed to Gary Player: “The more I practice, the luckier I get”. The converse of this is “If you don’t practice, how can you expect to succeed” and the…

Tip – Buy a 3G Modem

Having a 3G modem lets you carry on working if your access line fails Summary Loss of Internet access is one of the most common sources of business interruption. Having a 3G modem in your desk or bag could make the difference between closing that sale and losing it to a competitor. Why you need…

Bare metal backup systems save you money

Computer with mangled tape

Implementing a bare metal backup system as part of your Disaster Recovery Planning can reduce your downtime by a day and half when you suffer a server failure. Summary Restoring a failed server is faster if you have implemented a backup system that allows you to restore directly from a recovery CD. A simple calculation…

Tip – It’s time to tidy your virtual house

Archive old data and tidy up your filesystem so that your backups run faster A belated Happy New Year. Here is an equally belated Monday Tip to start the new year off. One of the consequences of living a digital life is the accumulation of heaps of digital data. Now, whilst disk space is now…