“Black Swan”, following the theory of the same name proposed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, is the epithet now applied to a number of catastrophes and business continuity challenges. The underlying idea is simple enough. Certain high-impact events are hard to predict and have relatively little chance of occurring; however, when they do occur, they can…Details
Business continuity management might be defined as “doing things right” in business continuity. Leadership on the other hand is doing the right things. In a world where businesses and threats to businesses change rapidly, management in a general sense isn’t sufficient. Unless someone carries the torch of leadership, any organisation is ultimately doomed because it…Details
Sometimes you have to be pragmatic. While it would be great to have the business case for business continuity generally agreed in an organisation, it’s not always that simple. So if there’s an opportunity for business continuity to get into a business on the coattails of some other project, it may merit consideration.
Metrics are what you use to measure things. It sounds obvious. What’s not so obvious is why figure-driven metrics seem so often to be channelled off towards disaster recovery and IT in particular, whereas other high-level metrics end up with business continuity. Sure, there are the historical IT roots of disaster recovery to be considered…Details
Disaster recovery plans are like car insurance. It’s not because you’ve insured your car that you’re obliged to have an accident; similarly, it’s not because you have a great disaster recovery plan, that you’re obliged to have a disaster. Although reactive disaster recovery will always be a counterpart to proactive business continuity, better driving will…Details
The difference between DR and BC often depends on the person you’re talking to. It’s one of those grey areas, where definitions are sometimes arbitrary and no universal standard definition exists. The two terms not only evoke different meanings, but provoke different reactions in organisational management. Disaster recovery may be largely ignored because “disaster” is…Details