At Critchlow, we specialise in emergency management and business continuity management. Two things that are always important, but with recent events (read: quakes, storms and tsunamis) they’re at the top of many organisations priorities.
For the second year in a row, Sungard Availability Services (AssuranceCM) have made their way into the Leaders quadrant of Gartner, Inc.'s Magic Quadrant for Business Continuity Management Planning Software, Worldwide.
The 2016 BCI Australasia Summit is taking place next week in Sydney, beginning on Wednesday 4 May. This year, the focus is on “the individual” – how each and every Business Continuity and Resilience professional can successfully and confidently stand up against the challenging environment they operate in.
The time has gone when a “compliant” business continuity plan is sufficient evidence of an organisation’s ability to prevent and prepare for downtime and disasters. Research by Sungard Availability Services shows that 75% of such plans aren’t used at the time of a disruption or during a test. This is not surprising. Compliant plans developed to “tick a box” are not likely to be trusted, when trust is what you need most.
On Thursday 15 October at 9.15 am NZT, more than 1 million kiwis will be participating in the New Zealand ShakeOut (#ShakeOut) by “dropping, covering and holding” for one minute.
I suspect that this event will be a trigger for a lot of businesses to review their business continuity plans. If you’re one of them and find, to your dismay, that your plans lack currency, accuracy, completeness and accessibility, perhaps it’s time to look at a modern approach to business continuity management.
Here are three reasons why you might like to shake things up:
I do love a good Before and After story
There are those that make me laugh out loud, such as the Sky TV ad with Sarah, the rustic French décor loving, Soho Channel watching wife who ruins her husband’s enjoyment for watching All Blacks games on TV – until he gets his wish that she be “more into sport” and Sarah’s sports fanaticism is unleashed.
Some inspire me. Formerly sedentary people who train hard and become marathon runners. Cancer survivors who team up and take on dragon boat racing. Then, there are the everyday heroes; the people who are bystanders, just doing their thing one moment and saving a stranger’s life the next. Some just give me a warm, fuzzy feeling like the plethora of home decorating shows that make me want to plump my cushions.
In an environment where there is little or no tolerance for business interruption, our leaders need to know that they have business continuity and disaster recovery plans that are immediately actionable at the time of an event. And by actionable, I mean: they are current, accurate and comprehensive; they have been tested and they have passed. Put your hand up if your business is in this state of readiness. I’m guessing there’s not many hands raised at the moment.