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Counting the costs and benefits of business continuity, the BCI Technical Director's perspective

Mar 18, 2014 11:33 GMT The BCI For those of you who think BCM is expensive, try operating without it. Business Continuity has often been treated almost as an ‘act of faith’. Common sense has suggested that well prepared companies are likely to recover from an unexpected interruption quicker than unprepared ones; that they are likely to lose much less money by being productive again more quickly.

Never work with children or animals... or technology

Feb 21, 2014 15:14 GMT The BCI The other day I attended a meeting of a local business continuity forum. It was a very well run, very interesting meeting – the latter despite the fact that one of the topics was business interruption insurance, living proof that any subject can be made interesting by an engaging speaker. There was, however, one small glitch in proceedings that I thought was worthy of note...

A vision of the future

Feb 13, 2014 11:13 GMT The BCI I’m relatively new to business continuity management, with only a little over ten years’ experience in this industry that is said to be made up of the 'Men in Grey'. Someone said this to me at last year’s BCI World Conference, I then looked in the mirror and sure enough that was me already. So what incenses me and what gives me hope that as an Institute we are making progress?

The return on investment of a BCM programme

Feb 06, 2014 11:07 GMT The BCI When will the investment for a BCM programme pay off? Most people think that the only correct answer is when a damage scenario has taken place. Hopefully then an effective BCM programme will reduce an otherwise much more costly, or even possibly fatal financial impact to a bearable amount. Then, and only then, will the investment in BCM be paid off – just like insurance policy.

A nice cup of tea

Jan 31, 2014 12:20 GMT The BCI A bad cup of tea is, in my view, worse than no cup of tea at all. It might have all the ingredients (not that there are many) but if it’s not done right it can be awful. In a similar(ish) vein, my view is that a bad business continuity plan is as bad as – and possibly worse than – no plan at all.

White Paper Examines Cybercrime and its Stalking Ground: Social Media

Jan 24, 2014 10:28 GMT The BCI The internet fundamentally changed the way we conduct business: we can order goods, make payments and complete entire transactions with just a few mouse clicks. Few of the traditional barriers to commerce - such as time, distance and currency issues - pose the same problems in the internet age as they did before we took our business online.

Are we ready for significant power outages?

Jan 16, 2014 12:09 GMT The BCI Have a quick look around you and see what is powered by electricity in your buildings, pretty much everything. We need to start asking questions.

How MAD are your Top Management?

Jan 10, 2014 12:54 GMT The BCI Dare to ask that question of your Top Management? Maybe not, but a Risk Manager would try to understand their attitude to risk and their mythical 'Risk Appetite'. As a Business Continuity Manager, why not explore their 'Maximum Attitude to Disruption' (M.A.D.) a phrase I believe I uniquely use and created hoping it becomes more prevalent in a commercially driven BC world.

New Year’s Resolutions

Jan 02, 2014 10:40 GMT The BCI How many of you have made new year's resolutions? How many of these have you already broken? It isn't always easy to keep them, so to help you out, here are 20 new year’s resolutions from the BCI that could make you a better BC practitioner.

20/20 Vision

Dec 18, 2013 10:58 GMT The BCI There is a lot going on in 2014, the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the World Cup in Brazil, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and on the political front there is an independence referendum in Scotland. Perhaps above all this however, there is an even bigger event going on - the BCI’s 20th birthday. To mark the occasion, the BCI’s Chairman – Steve Mellish – will be launching his 20/20 vision.