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Technical Analysis – Strengthen your offer with CAE

Mar 18, 2015 14:13 GMT ÅF Technical Analysis (BA) has produced a short movie presenting ÅF's activities in Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE).

Why is a 'near miss' always more successful than an exercise in focusing the mind?

Mar 17, 2015 10:00 GMT The Business Continuity Institute Recently I had occasion to be flying into Frankfurt with a well-known airline, the equipment as they say in aircraft parlance seemed very knew, which was a comfort somehow. Gently we approached and the flight attendants were instructed to take their landing positions and dutifully buckled up. I could see the ground approaching and I had heard the landing gear come down.

Exercising builds organisational resilience

Mar 17, 2015 10:00 GMT The Business Continuity Institute Business continuity (BC), as a key discipline within the resilience framework, must articulate this message. Exercising BC plans, viewed from this strategic lens, is an opportunity to gauge resilience. It is fitting therefore that this year’s ​​Business Continuity Awareness Week focuses on the role of exercises in building organisational resilience.

​Why testing and exercising are essential for an effective business continuity programme

Mar 17, 2015 10:00 GMT The Business Continuity Institute It’s a ‘no brainer’! Any type of plan that has not recently been tested and updated is not worth the paper it’s written on. We spend hours building and maintaining our BCM programmes, keeping the plan up to date and relevant, claiming that we are ‘ready’ to respond and ‘capable’ of coping with the impact of expected and unexpected disruptions.

Business continuity and business resilience: Why do we need it?

Mar 16, 2015 16:50 GMT The Business Continuity Institute Many years ago when working with a University, a history academic asked me a question along the lines of, “Why do we need business continuity now? The world has got on fine for years without it.” On the face of it, the statement seems logical. Trade had existed for several thousand years without a BIA or crisis management plan in sight.

Engaging stakeholders meaningfully for exercise planning

Mar 16, 2015 14:45 GMT The Business Continuity Institute When we arrive at the planning phase for a test or an exercise, you'll find that the only people who will be involved tend to be limited to some Managers from those critical business units along with their outsourced vendor representatives.

Can you test a business continuity plan?

Mar 13, 2015 12:08 GMT The Business Continuity Institute I am not a grumpy old man but for this article I intend to be! Business Continuity Awareness Week is next week and the enthusiasm is whipping into frenzy. The topic 'exercising' is the most inspiring and enthusiastically supported area of the BC programme. Hence I think a couple of us are getting a bit over excited and forgetting our theory.

Exercising your business continuity plan

Mar 12, 2015 14:10 GMT The Business Continuity Institute Businesses are exposed to disasters all the time, including IT system failures, power outages, or even natural disasters. These causes will cripple your business unless you have a business continuity plan (BCP) ready. A good BCP allows your business to continue on running everyday operations seamlessly.

The benefits of exercise: Why we should be exercising our risks

Mar 11, 2015 16:31 GMT The Business Continuity Institute There is plenty of guidance around for identifying and recording risks and lots of good ideas for monitoring and review but surely what ultimately counts is how aware we are of the risks we face as a business as a whole and how effective our mitigation strategies and response capabilities are.

Great people at ÅF - meet Bohumil Lisner

Mar 10, 2015 16:25 GMT ÅF Bohumil Lisner is a senior mechanical expert and responsible for sales of ÅF-Czech Republic. Read more about him and his main targets in 2015.