The decision about whether to use business continuity software is a real dilemma. But opting out isn’t as clear-cut as you might think. In this issue, we explore the pros and cons and let you decide if a packaged software solution will work for you.
With our new LinkedIn site (short.continuityinsights.com/LinkedIn), we’re inviting all of you – our readers – to comment on what you read in the pages of CI as well as what you’d like to read, tell us what you want to know more about, and participate in any number of interesting industry discussion threads already underway.
When I was asked at a recent business continuity conference whether I was enjoying the program, I answered something like “The speakers are all very knowledgeable, but I’m not hearing any new ideas.” The person with whom I was speaking shared something with me that I took to heart. He argued that benefit is not always derived from a new idea, but possibly by approaching an idea from a different perspective.
As the business continuity management discipline matured over the past twenty years, several governmental and standards development organizations created and introduced numerous regulatory requirements and standards – some with optional certification offerings.
Business continuity is a key component of an organization’s risk management program. However, employees are often unaware of the existence of the program, or their role within the business continuity effort. Can management rely on a business continuity program if employees are unaware of their response and recovery strategies?
Making a distinction between failure of understanding and a difference in values allows us to balance professional integrity with respect for client values.
Every business continuity professional knows about change - whether it creeps up quietly, is mandated from top executives, or is brought about by an unpredictable, uncontrollable outside force. Those changes are what the job is all about. But a recent study, sponsored by the Wall Street West Center for Organizational Continuity and conducted by Continuity Insights sheds light on the changes happening - and predicted - for business continuity professionals themselves.
The BCM profession has changed tremendously since then. Many of you can say that you never strived to become a business continuity professional, but I wonder how long that trend will continue. The increasing collegiate degrees are attracting a growing number of students. The industry is gaining increased visibility through periodicals and media.
This special editorial feature and corresponding webinar explore how business continuity consultants can be used economically and intelligently to meet today's challenges
2009 offered a number of developments and lessons learned that impacted (and continue to influence the work performed by) business continuity professionals. After polling a number of professionals and reflecting on the presentations, articles and perspectives offered throughout the year at various conferences and in journals, I would like to nominate five developments or lessons learned as the "Top 5 of 2009." Interestingly, it seems to me that each also points to the maturity of our profession as it becomes strategic as well as tactical.
Ask Anything: Q&A with ConsultantsA companion piece to this issue's special feature on consulting services (see page 14), this webinar puts a cast of consultants on the spot and at the ready to answer your questions.
An organization's ability to respond effectively to any event will be measured by the tools in its toolbox and the ability to use them.
In case you hadn't noticed, this issue of Continuity Insights signals the start of great new things for the CI family in 2010. Our swanky new cover design is just the start of a brand new look and feel for the whole publication, which I hope you enjoy as you read through this issue.
I'd like to take a slightly different approach with this article, and introduce a colleague of mine, Dan Dec, who I have asked to be the guest author for this issue. Dan addresses an important topic, the intersection between virtual desktop recovery and work-from-home continuity strategies. Without further ado, here's what he has to say (and you can read more about him at the end of the article)…
Community organizations active in disasters (COADs) are public/private partnerships that can be found nationwide. Many COADs will attempt to define themselves by developing a name that fits the mission or jurisdictional boundaries of that particular COAD. For example, SAFER stands for "support alliance for emergency readiness", and its logo reflects the jurisdiction as I'm sure you can see.