We may live in a digital age, but much of the concepts from the previous industrial era still carries through. We have virtual cloud data factories and production lines, just like their physical counterparts for making cars, furniture, aircraft and so on.
The bigger an organisation gets, the more the plans multiply. There may be plans for dealing with contingencies, crises, disasters, emergencies, pandemics, risks and who knows what else, all in addition to your business continuity plan.
The Agung volcano in Indonesia has been in the news recently. At time of writing, observers are sending back reports of clouds and glows that suggest that major eruption could be imminent.
Much of business continuity today can be automated. Production lines, supplies reordering, failovers in case of problems, management reports, many of these things now work on a “set it and forget it” basis.
Business continuity is good for your business, but is it also a legal requirement? Laws and regulations differ from one country or one industry to another, although there is a basic expectation that organisations will act responsibly.
If everything is working and you have a business continuity plan in place, is there anything left to worry about? Yes!
The “six degrees” concept is that you can reach any person in the world using a maximum of six personal relationships in a chain stretching from you to the person you want to reach.
In principle, every IT system needs to be secure. In practice, some IT systems are less secure than others.
So, it’s that time of the year again, when we look back over the last 12 months in business continuity to see… nothing?
Does Father Christmas know just how exposed his operation is? With one of the largest address books ever conceived (names, addresses, gift preferences of billions of people) and a seasonal workforce of elves that may or may not have been vetted before hiring, Santa’s gift selection, preparation and delivery system may be hugely at risk.
Meet Sophia, who has Saudi-Arabian nationality. There’s nothing unusual about that, except that Sophia is a robot.
“Yes, we have a business continuity plan”. Every enterprise wants to hear this from its suppliers, especially the key suppliers.