Information Technology

Keeping Business and IT Connected for Better Business Continuity

For many organisations, markets change fast as customer needs develop and competitors offer new solutions. Business people under pressure to get new products and services to market may ask more of the IT department than it can deliver at that moment. This friction can cause difficulties in communication and relationships between the two groups. From there, it can lead to fragile or fractured business continuity. The answer is systematic collaboration to ensure that plans are made ahead of time and that the organisation can take advantage of opportunities while avoiding performance issues and outages. Ideally, both parties will have a proactive role to play. Read more

2014-12-19T09:27:43+11:00By |Business Continuity|

How the Consumer IT Market is Driving Business Continuity Management

For many aspects of IT, the business market takes its cue from developments in the consumer sector. Even if other items like servers, databases and virtualisation are still enterprise-centric, developments in tablet PCs and smartphones are driven first of all by what private users want. These mobile computing devices are accounting for an increasingly large part of IT everywhere. That means that if you want to see what will happen in the business market tomorrow, look at the consumer market today. Tablets and smartphones also open up new possibilities for effective business continuity management. But other consumer IT innovations are contributing to changes in BCM too. Read more

2014-11-04T09:09:06+11:00By |Business Continuity|

Disaster Recovery is Purely an IT Function – Or is It?

There is a temptation to consider disaster recovery as an IT-specific activity, conducted by IT staff to get IT systems running properly again after an incident or a mishap. Part of that notion is true. Disaster recovery is a term that is reserved for computer systems and networks, and recovering after an IT outage. With enterprises and organisations increasingly dependent on information technology, that also makes DR a large and essential part of business planning. However, as IT-centric as disaster recovery may be, trying to make it the exclusive responsibility of the IT department could be a big mistake. Here’s why. Read more

2014-09-10T17:22:34+10:00By |Disaster Recovery|

Disaster Recovery, the Workforce and the Swing of the Pendulum

Business started with people. Then came machines, followed by information technology. With IT running business (so to speak), disaster recovery was focused on IT. In fact, the one thing that was often conspicuous by its absence in DR planning and management was people. Now, with declarations like ‘our people are our greatest asset’, there’s a swing back towards emphasising the need to ensure the workforce is just as well-prepared for recovery as the IT systems and infrastructure it uses. Here’s our alphabetical list of items to check now to be even better prepared for any future IT incident or disruption. Read more

2014-08-07T13:13:42+10:00By |Disaster Recovery|