Business Continuity Planning

Five Profiles to Ponder When You Start Testing Your Business Continuity

Good business continuity planning may be half the battle. But if you haven’t tested to check your plan works, then don’t expect to win. The example of organisations that did data backups, failed to test and found afterwards their files were unrecoverable proves the point. But how should you test your BCP? Approaches from other areas may have some useful pointers. Good software testing for instance is often a matter of mixing and matching human tester personalities. Here’s a tester profile model adapted for testing your BC plan and preparations. Read more

2015-02-19T11:12:50+11:00By |Business Continuity|

The Glo-cal Approach for Business Continuity across Multiple Locations

What is the common factor between worldwide fast-food chains and successful business continuity management in different offices of the same organisation? The answer is that both use a combination of global and local approaches, otherwise known as ‘glo-cal’. For the fast-food restaurants, global rules that must apply everywhere include safety, hygiene, accounting and branding policies. However, on a country-by-country basis, establishments may be able to offer their clientele supplements or variations to the standard menu. A similar idea can be applied to implementing business continuity planning and management across different branch or country offices. Read more

2014-12-19T09:13:02+11:00By |Business Continuity|

7 Basic Ways to Ensure Good Business Continuity Planning

Smart business continuity planners regularly return to the basics. Although BCP can be complex if a particular situation makes it so, good plans are still built on solid and simple foundations. By keeping these in mind, BC planners can avoid straying from the straight and narrow path that must be followed if business continuity is to be guaranteed. Read more

2014-09-29T15:17:11+10:00By |Uncategorized|

BCP-501 Business Continuity Planning Review – Good for ‘Employers of Choice’ Too

The BCP-501 course with its certifying examination has two major objectives. Firstly, it provides business continuity planning revision. And secondly, it prepares attendees for the DRI International Qualifying Examination.  That means a fast-paced, information-packed 16 hours of instruction for a real BC planning work-out with professional instructors who know the subject thoroughly. Different BCM credentials can be applied for: ABCP, CFCP, CBCP and CBCV from DRI International. Together with this, it’s designed to be fun and to elicit active participation. There are also further advantages for enterprises and organisations enrolling employees for this course. Read more

2014-06-23T15:05:03+10:00By |DRI International, Training|

BCP 501 as Part of a True Skills Building Approach

Education can significantly improve knowledge and performance. However, much of that improvement depends on attitude. BCP 501, the 2.5 day review course on Business Continuity Planning, is no exception. Knowledge, competences and methodology are all packed into 16 hours of concentrated value for those who choose to approach it as skills-building rather than just ‘schooling’. What are the differences between these two approaches – and how can you get the most out of your business continuity training? Read more

Slow Changes that also Affect Business Continuity

When the subject of business continuity comes up, there’s a natural tendency to think of events that have an immediate impact. IT server crashes, flash floods, fires and hacker attacks are just some of the examples. While these sudden events can certainly put business continuity planning and management to the test, they are not the only factors that can affect operations. There are many other forces at work whose end-effects can be just as powerful. Looking at what happens in nature can indicate good models to consider in a business environment too. Read more

2014-03-03T10:17:25+11:00By |Disaster Recovery|

That Mega-Test of Your Business Continuity You’ve Been Waiting For

You’ve trained for business continuity challenges. You’ve planned and practised, in case that server crash, flood, fire or earthquake hits your business tomorrow. But all these events are subject to chance. They may or may not happen. Here’s another challenge to business continuity that will certainly happen however, and that is likely to affect a vast number of organisations and enterprises around the world. It’s the end of support by Microsoft for its Windows XP operating system. To understand why this is such a major event, after over 12 years of XP existence, we should start by looking at some of the statistics. Read more

2014-02-17T10:23:54+11:00By |Disaster Recovery, Training|

Supply Chain, a Great Candidate for Business Continuity Planning

The supply chain is one of the few potential competitive advantages left to enterprises. Marketing tools are available to all and this week’s advance in technology is often matched by a rival’s progress next week. However, supply chain still offers companies the chance to better satisfy customers at lower costs and in ways that cannot be easily or immediately replicated by competitors. If it’s that important, then it makes sense to ensure that business continuity is applied to – better still, embedded in – the supply chain. Read more

2013-07-30T03:30:05+10:00By |Uncategorized|