Avoid single points of failure in your business

 Don’t let the loss of single critical resource cause you to lose money

Business Continuity Planning is the process of putting in place the necessary measures and plans to prevent disruptive incidents from damaging your business. One of the measures that needs to be taken is to remove, as far as possible, single points of failure.

Admittedly this can be challenge; particularly for smaller businesses. If you operate from a single location, have just the one Internet access line or a single centralised server; then you need to think out of the box to protect your operations from the loss of these critical resources.

In the case of loss of your work location for whatever reason – fire, flood, power failure, local disaster, bad weather, chemical spill, or whatever:

  • can your critical staff continue to work from home for a short period?
  • Could you pre-arrange to occupy rooms at a local hotel at short notice?
  • Can you buddy up with another business on your estate?
  • What about one of your competitors? Could you borrow some of their capacity?
  • Or do you need to make an arrangement with a local Disaster Recovery Centre where you can move critical staff at short notice?

If you have just the one Internet connection, and its presence is vital to the continuity of your business:

  • Can you get another line from a different supplier, preferably diversely routed into the building?
  • If not, could you use 3G services as a temporary backup?
  • What about ISDN backup?

Got a single server providing all your IT services?

  • How fast can your IT Support service provide a replacement and restore full service?

These and many other potential single points of failure have the potential to cause your business serious damage if they fail. Take a close look at how your business actually operates, identify the single points of failure and deal with them.

 


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  1. […] It is often said that people are the greatest asset in any successful business. I’d support that view: there aren’t many businesses that could operate without them. Unfortunately, it is also true that the existence of people in a business can lead to problems. People are inherently flexible and can do lots of things without instruction books. Unfortunately, that flexibility can encourage a situation where individuals take on lots of responsibilities, because the business needs them to, and inadvertently become a Single Point of Failure. […]

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Avoid single points of failure in your business

 Don’t let the loss of single critical resource cause you to lose money

Business Continuity Planning is the process of putting in place the necessary measures and plans to prevent disruptive incidents from damaging your business. One of the measures that needs to be taken is to remove, as far as possible, single points of failure.

Admittedly this can be challenge; particularly for smaller businesses. If you operate from a single location, have just the one Internet access line or a single centralised server; then you need to think out of the box to protect your operations from the loss of these critical resources.

In the case of loss of your work location for whatever reason – fire, flood, power failure, local disaster, bad weather, chemical spill, or whatever:

  • can your critical staff continue to work from home for a short period?
  • Could you pre-arrange to occupy rooms at a local hotel at short notice?
  • Can you buddy up with another business on your estate?
  • What about one of your competitors? Could you borrow some of their capacity?
  • Or do you need to make an arrangement with a local Disaster Recovery Centre where you can move critical staff at short notice?

If you have just the one Internet connection, and its presence is vital to the continuity of your business:

  • Can you get another line from a different supplier, preferably diversely routed into the building?
  • If not, could you use 3G services as a temporary backup?
  • What about ISDN backup?

Got a single server providing all your IT services?

  • How fast can your IT Support service provide a replacement and restore full service?

These and many other potential single points of failure have the potential to cause your business serious damage if they fail. Take a close look at how your business actually operates, identify the single points of failure and deal with them.

 


Agdon Associates and Business Continuity UK are no longer in business. This website is not being updated: it has been left online solely as a source of useful information on Business Continuity.

If you found this article interesting, please help me by clicking the Google +1 button and/or the Facebook Like button. If you wish, you could Tweet it as well.
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2 Responses to Avoid single points of failure in your business
  1. […] It is often said that people are the greatest asset in any successful business. I’d support that view: there aren’t many businesses that could operate without them. Unfortunately, it is also true that the existence of people in a business can lead to problems. People are inherently flexible and can do lots of things without instruction books. Unfortunately, that flexibility can encourage a situation where individuals take on lots of responsibilities, because the business needs them to, and inadvertently become a Single Point of Failure. […]

  2. […] of the key principles of business continuity planning is to eliminate single points of failure . Gareth Howell […]

Avoid single points of failure in your business

 Don’t let the loss of single critical resource cause you to lose money

Business Continuity Planning is the process of putting in place the necessary measures and plans to prevent disruptive incidents from damaging your business. One of the measures that needs to be taken is to remove, as far as possible, single points of failure.

Admittedly this can be challenge; particularly for smaller businesses. If you operate from a single location, have just the one Internet access line or a single centralised server; then you need to think out of the box to protect your operations from the loss of these critical resources.

In the case of loss of your work location for whatever reason – fire, flood, power failure, local disaster, bad weather, chemical spill, or whatever:

  • can your critical staff continue to work from home for a short period?
  • Could you pre-arrange to occupy rooms at a local hotel at short notice?
  • Can you buddy up with another business on your estate?
  • What about one of your competitors? Could you borrow some of their capacity?
  • Or do you need to make an arrangement with a local Disaster Recovery Centre where you can move critical staff at short notice?

If you have just the one Internet connection, and its presence is vital to the continuity of your business:

  • Can you get another line from a different supplier, preferably diversely routed into the building?
  • If not, could you use 3G services as a temporary backup?
  • What about ISDN backup?

Got a single server providing all your IT services?

  • How fast can your IT Support service provide a replacement and restore full service?

These and many other potential single points of failure have the potential to cause your business serious damage if they fail. Take a close look at how your business actually operates, identify the single points of failure and deal with them.

 


Agdon Associates and Business Continuity UK are no longer in business. This website is not being updated: it has been left online solely as a source of useful information on Business Continuity.

If you found this article interesting, please help me by clicking the Google +1 button and/or the Facebook Like button. If you wish, you could Tweet it as well.
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2 Responses to Avoid single points of failure in your business
  1. […] It is often said that people are the greatest asset in any successful business. I’d support that view: there aren’t many businesses that could operate without them. Unfortunately, it is also true that the existence of people in a business can lead to problems. People are inherently flexible and can do lots of things without instruction books. Unfortunately, that flexibility can encourage a situation where individuals take on lots of responsibilities, because the business needs them to, and inadvertently become a Single Point of Failure. […]

  2. […] of the key principles of business continuity planning is to eliminate single points of failure . Gareth Howell […]