Tag Archive: resilience

Stay calm under pressure

I love the smell of lycopodium in the morning It’s probably not the case anymore, but as I understand it, Lycopodium was used as a fingerprint revealer by the Police. I mention this because I woke up this morning to find that my car had been broken into whilst parked in Manchester and it was…

What do the World Cup and the Olympics have in common?

There’s an interesting article over on Continuity Central about the Business Continuity lessons that were learned from holding the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. I think the same lessons serve as a timely warning for any business in the South East of England. Possibly farther afield in fact, as events are being held in…

I’ve got the power. Have you?

Last night, much of Huntingdon area suffered a power cut due to a fault on a high voltage cable. Today, BT’s broadband network has failed yet again in the North East of England! These, and other such incidents, happen on an irregular basis but have the potential to severely disrupt any business that: is dependent…

Could GPS be the downfall of your business?

Does our increasing dependence on GPS expose our businesses to unnecessary risks? Does your Business Continuity Plan cover this risk? In a recent report, the Royal Academy of Engineering warned that the UK is becoming dangerously over-reliant on GPS satellite navigation. It goes on to recommend that businesses should have Contingency Plans for dealing with…

Hackers, volcanoes, and The Snowman – they’re all out to get you

Survey shows that small businesses need to take Business Continuity more seriously than they currently do The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) recently published its annual survey of disaster preparedness in the UK, and it doesn’t make good reading if you are a small business. Produced in association with AON, the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), The…

Suppliers should be chosen on Value, not Price – Here’s why

This may seem like a strange Monday Tip for a blog focused on Business Continuity Management and Business Continuity Planning, but it actually makes a lot of sense. Here’s why. What is Value Value, or Value for Money, is a better comparative measure than price in my opinion. Value is a slightly subjective judgement in…

Just in Time or Just too Late?

Has the trend towards Just in Time manufacturing stopped, or just stalled? An item on this morning’s Today programme on BBC Radio Four piqued my interest.  In the item, Justin Webb was reporting from the Japanese port of Sendai.  Sendai was badly damaged by the Tsunami earlier this year and is still not functioning properly…

Tip – Always learn from your mistakes

This one’s not specifically a Business Continuity tip, it applies to all areas of business: nay, life. Those of us in the UK will have been aware of the return of the Ash Cloud this last week. Luckily it didn’t take the same form as last year’s and the disruption was on a much lower…

Will Business Continuity Planning reduce my insurance premiums?

Business Continuity Planning should be seen as an investment in the future of your business, but it can also help to reduce your costs. The other day, I was asked if the cost of introducing business continuity planning would be offset by a reduction in insurance premiums. This was the answer that I gave. Business…

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…