Most businesses today depend on their electronic data and records to provide the information necessary to run their businesses. In order to provide business continuity in the event of a disaster or business interruption, it is imperative these records and data be available 24/7.
I hope the stories out of northern Alabama inspire you to look at how business continuity tools can be used to add value to the products and/or services you deliver.
Four months after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear emergency struck Japan, the flow of components and products out of the country is nearing pre-disaster levels. But at the peak of the disaster, plant closures and product shortages were experienced around the globe by many companies that had operations or critical vendors in Japan.
A focus on employee safety and customer service helped two companies recover after tornadoes devastated northern Alabama.
The e-Conference is a live event, featuring industry experts, complemented by interactive Q&A at the conclusion of each session – no pre-recorded sessions or one-way dialogue. The faculty includes the industry’s best and brightest practitioners and authorities.
Late last year, a group of experts from the United States and Britain came together to give a presentation at the London Workshop of the Multinational Community Resilience Policy Group. The title of the presentation was “Policy Challenges in Supporting Community Resilience.”
We’ve gathered a ton of data to help us respond to and recover from outages. However, we have very little information that we can use to manage our programs and illustrate value to executive management. The tools we choose have a dramatic impact on the programs we are able to build.
How do you measure the effectiveness of your program? How do you know that what you’re doing is really working and that your organization (and those upon whom you are dependent) is truly prepared?
How can something so important still be in a state of flux?
During the Continuity Insights 2011 Management Conference, CI asked industry experts about how the recent events in Japan would affect the way organizations approach business continuity and supply chain resilience.
On March 11, 2011, a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the northeastern coast of Japan; resulting tsunami waves hit the coast just minutes later. The tag-team tragedy has left much of Northeastern Japan extensively damaged, thousands of people dead, injured or missing, and millions lacking electricity, water, transportation, and food.
Business Continuity Management (BCM) has changed rapidly in recent years. Today, many BCM programs are a byproduct of enterprise risk management programs or part of customer-driven service level agreements. But BCM is still looking for a place to call home in many organizations, with BCM ownership all over the map.
The May/June issue of Continuity Insights marks the start of a new era for the magazine, with a number of new names appearing on the masthead.My name is Luke Simpson and I’ve taken over as the magazine’s editor.
Continuity Insights' editorial advisory board members discuss BC industry news and answer reader questions.
The issue of supplier/supply chain continuity is certainly one that is getting a lot of attention in many organizations today. Now you might tend to think “I’m not a manufacturing company or a retailer, so why should I be concerned about supplier continuity?”