Most businesses experience change constantly. Markets, technologies, regulations and strategies all evolve. Enterprises that stand still get left behind and disappear, one way or another.
Few activities and operations are truly set it and forget it. Lights-out factories like the showcase installation run by technology company Siemens are proof of concept, but still the exception.
Imagine taking your car to the garage for an urgent repair, only to be told that you’ll have to wait for week because the garage mechanics are off on a training course.
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?