Tag Archive: operational risk management

Kipling’s Guide to Business Continuity – updated

I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew) Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who. Kipling knew a thing or to about how to ask the questions that matter: after all, he was a journalist at one point in his life. In this post I’d…

Does the O2 failure affect your Business Continuity Plan?

Should the widespread failure of the O2 network cause Business Continuity professionals some thought? The role of mobile communications in Business Continuity plans The role of the Business Continuity professional is to identify and manage risks that could disrupt the business’s operation and threaten its revenue streams. Inevitably, one of the risks that needs to…

How do you plan for the unpredictable?

How can you plan for something that is unpredictable? Read on for some general tips Business Continuity Planning is the process of preparing your business so it can continue serving its customers and generating profits when something has gone wrong. There are any number of events that can cause an incident that has the potential…

Planning is a process not an event

I’ve been watching some videos on YouTube today as part of a project to re-focus my business on the needs of my clients. The process isn’t complete so I can’t report back on the results of the process but I just want to share something I came across because it’s an absolute piece of magic….

Make Business Continuity Planning part of Business As Usual

Planning for the continuity of your business after a disaster should be part of your day job Business As Usual is a term that is used to describe activities that form part of your normal day-to-day operations. This contrasts from those activities that change the way the business runs: such as enhancement projects, infrastructure upgrades,…

Business Continuity vs IT Service Continuity – who’s right?

Investing in IT Service Continuity without first undertaking a Business Impact Analysis risks wasting money I’ve written this post to rebuff the actions of a number of IT product and service companies who promote their wares under the banner “Business Continuity”. To my mind, and that of ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library – a UK…

No Internet! No Business?

Events in North Africa and the Middle East have shown how delicate the Internet is. Ensure you have decent Contingency Plans before you trust your business to it. One of the most notable factors in the recent troubles in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Libya has been the use of social media to coordinate and publicise…

Should you be a Shamrock?

Outsourcing non-core activities as part of your Business Continuity Planning can significantly reduce your operational risks. In his 1989 book ‘The Age of Unreason’; Charles Handy talked about organisational models and described one based on the Shamrock of his native Ireland. The Shamrock Organisation comprises three distinct elements: a core of permanent workers who are…

Tip – Don’t ignore your suppliers: they might be critical too

Business Continuity Planning should also cover your sources of supply In British Standard BS:25999, Business Continuity Planning is a defined as being “holistic”: in other words “covering the whole organisation”. This term was added to emphasise that Business Continuity Planning should not be restricted solely to the IT infrastructure of a company. Having accepted that…

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…

Tag Archive: operational risk management

Kipling’s Guide to Business Continuity – updated

I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew) Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who. Kipling knew a thing or to about how to ask the questions that matter: after all, he was a journalist at one point in his life. In this post I’d…

Does the O2 failure affect your Business Continuity Plan?

Should the widespread failure of the O2 network cause Business Continuity professionals some thought? The role of mobile communications in Business Continuity plans The role of the Business Continuity professional is to identify and manage risks that could disrupt the business’s operation and threaten its revenue streams. Inevitably, one of the risks that needs to…

How do you plan for the unpredictable?

How can you plan for something that is unpredictable? Read on for some general tips Business Continuity Planning is the process of preparing your business so it can continue serving its customers and generating profits when something has gone wrong. There are any number of events that can cause an incident that has the potential…

Planning is a process not an event

I’ve been watching some videos on YouTube today as part of a project to re-focus my business on the needs of my clients. The process isn’t complete so I can’t report back on the results of the process but I just want to share something I came across because it’s an absolute piece of magic….

Make Business Continuity Planning part of Business As Usual

Planning for the continuity of your business after a disaster should be part of your day job Business As Usual is a term that is used to describe activities that form part of your normal day-to-day operations. This contrasts from those activities that change the way the business runs: such as enhancement projects, infrastructure upgrades,…

Business Continuity vs IT Service Continuity – who’s right?

Investing in IT Service Continuity without first undertaking a Business Impact Analysis risks wasting money I’ve written this post to rebuff the actions of a number of IT product and service companies who promote their wares under the banner “Business Continuity”. To my mind, and that of ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library – a UK…

No Internet! No Business?

Events in North Africa and the Middle East have shown how delicate the Internet is. Ensure you have decent Contingency Plans before you trust your business to it. One of the most notable factors in the recent troubles in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Libya has been the use of social media to coordinate and publicise…

Should you be a Shamrock?

Outsourcing non-core activities as part of your Business Continuity Planning can significantly reduce your operational risks. In his 1989 book ‘The Age of Unreason’; Charles Handy talked about organisational models and described one based on the Shamrock of his native Ireland. The Shamrock Organisation comprises three distinct elements: a core of permanent workers who are…

Tip – Don’t ignore your suppliers: they might be critical too

Business Continuity Planning should also cover your sources of supply In British Standard BS:25999, Business Continuity Planning is a defined as being “holistic”: in other words “covering the whole organisation”. This term was added to emphasise that Business Continuity Planning should not be restricted solely to the IT infrastructure of a company. Having accepted that…

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…

Tag Archive: operational risk management

Kipling’s Guide to Business Continuity – updated

I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew) Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who. Kipling knew a thing or to about how to ask the questions that matter: after all, he was a journalist at one point in his life. In this post I’d…

Does the O2 failure affect your Business Continuity Plan?

Should the widespread failure of the O2 network cause Business Continuity professionals some thought? The role of mobile communications in Business Continuity plans The role of the Business Continuity professional is to identify and manage risks that could disrupt the business’s operation and threaten its revenue streams. Inevitably, one of the risks that needs to…

How do you plan for the unpredictable?

How can you plan for something that is unpredictable? Read on for some general tips Business Continuity Planning is the process of preparing your business so it can continue serving its customers and generating profits when something has gone wrong. There are any number of events that can cause an incident that has the potential…

Planning is a process not an event

I’ve been watching some videos on YouTube today as part of a project to re-focus my business on the needs of my clients. The process isn’t complete so I can’t report back on the results of the process but I just want to share something I came across because it’s an absolute piece of magic….

Make Business Continuity Planning part of Business As Usual

Planning for the continuity of your business after a disaster should be part of your day job Business As Usual is a term that is used to describe activities that form part of your normal day-to-day operations. This contrasts from those activities that change the way the business runs: such as enhancement projects, infrastructure upgrades,…

Business Continuity vs IT Service Continuity – who’s right?

Investing in IT Service Continuity without first undertaking a Business Impact Analysis risks wasting money I’ve written this post to rebuff the actions of a number of IT product and service companies who promote their wares under the banner “Business Continuity”. To my mind, and that of ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library – a UK…

No Internet! No Business?

Events in North Africa and the Middle East have shown how delicate the Internet is. Ensure you have decent Contingency Plans before you trust your business to it. One of the most notable factors in the recent troubles in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Libya has been the use of social media to coordinate and publicise…

Should you be a Shamrock?

Outsourcing non-core activities as part of your Business Continuity Planning can significantly reduce your operational risks. In his 1989 book ‘The Age of Unreason’; Charles Handy talked about organisational models and described one based on the Shamrock of his native Ireland. The Shamrock Organisation comprises three distinct elements: a core of permanent workers who are…

Tip – Don’t ignore your suppliers: they might be critical too

Business Continuity Planning should also cover your sources of supply In British Standard BS:25999, Business Continuity Planning is a defined as being “holistic”: in other words “covering the whole organisation”. This term was added to emphasise that Business Continuity Planning should not be restricted solely to the IT infrastructure of a company. Having accepted that…

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…