Land O'Lakes CIO Mark Wilberts understands that business continuity has as much to do with common sense and commitment as it does with computers. By focusing on practical planning, Wilberts and a team of 30-plus employees have cut through the typical obstacles to launching a business continuity program like a hot knife through, well, butter.
When your business is providing patient care, business continuity takes on a whole new meaning. Power outages, hurricanes, and network outages are only a few of the incidents recently affecting healthcare institutions around the country. For Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, improving the ability to deliver care to patients during such an incident is a priority.
More regulations affecting continuity and security have been passed in the last three years than in the 20 years prior, and there'sno evidence to suggest that the pace will diminish in the near future. While this onslaught of regulations is complex, a disciplined approach is required to deal with it and will ultimately benefit individual businesses, as well as the economy at large.
A BUSINESS IMPACT ANALYSIS (BIA) can help identify an organization's critical processes, their recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs). Information gathered is used to prioritize recovery of processes or functions, develop recovery strategies, and develop recovery plans.
IN 2001 THE JOHNS HOPKINS HEALTH SYSTEM(JHHS; Baltimore, MD), began an earnest examination of its ability to recover patient care and business processes when operations have been disrupted unexpectedly. By the end of 2002, pilot continuity plans were developed for the payroll, patient financial services, and hospital IT departments.
The Character of Healthcare today intensifies the need to protect patient data from unforeseen disasters and destruction. In recent times, providers of care have increasingly expanded their computerized technology portfolios and increased contributions to Electronic Health Record (EHR) repositories as a replacement to the patient chart.
Moving your backup plan through the budget process isn't going to be a breeze-getting companies to part with the green stuff is never easy. However, this article will provide you with language and spreadsheet calculations that translate CIO- speak into the obscure CFO dialect. And hopefully, that will make the process a bit simpler.
All across the country, extreme weather events seem to be making the headlines on a regular basis. What's going on? Has the atmosphere suddenly gone wacky? Is global warming to blame? What about El Niño or La Niña? Are all of these extreme weather events simply the result of natural variations in the Earth's ever changing climate? And is there anything you can do about it?
The need for business Continuity planning has grown rapidly in the 21st century, driven by both regulatory compliance requirements and customer demands. Business continuity is as critical to small and medium-sized companies as it is to their larger competitors.
Established in 1960, Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA), then Yamaha International Corporation, offers a full line of musical instruments, audio/visual, and computer- related products to the U.S. market. Also, YCA subsidiary Yamaha Exporting, Inc. is engaged in exporting many products and materials to overseas markets.
The best exercise is a real event, but that's the worst way to find out where the holes are in your plan," says Susan Fisch, business continuity specialist with the Florida State Turnpike Authority (Boca Raton, FL). Lucky for Fisch, her organization's plans were pretty solid. "We had most of our activity in hurricane preparation," Fisch says. "And it paid off. We were ready."
At COMMERCE BANK, "BANKER'S HOURS" start as early at 7:30 a.m. and often end at midnight. And in its quest to be "America's Most Convenient Bank,"Commerce is expanding more than just the typical teller's work day. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, NJ, Commerce has more than 320 locations throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, metro New York, and northern Delaware.
The financial services industry, especially medium- and large-size banks, often have formal business continuity programs in place that encompass crisis management, business resumption, and IT disaster recovery processes. Many of these programs, however, can be improved in terms of scope and maturity.
Maintaining Business Continuity requires more than just attention to detail in the home office. As too many executives know first hand, snags and slip-ups during business travel can delay (or derail) deals, slow up production, cost money, and generally disrupt the rhythm of your business. This is why so many companies are paying more attention to protecting their traveling employees, especially when sending staff overseas in a time of war.
In addition to traditional pressures of labor crises and material costs, the Information Age has ushered in global competition and the continually accelerating pace of change. American manufacturers today must fully employ the engineering, processing, and logistical capacities of their entire supply chains. America's drive toward customer responsiveness and business process and supply chain optimization must be as relentless as our foreign competitors'.