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. Founded in 1994, the world’s leading Institute for BC professionals has gone from strength to strength with now over 8,000 members operating in 100 countries across 3,000 organizations. To mark the occasion, the BCI’s Chairman – Steve Mellish – will be launching his 20/20 vision.
The aim of the campaign is not only to reflect on how much business continuity has developed as a profession during the last twenty years, but more importantly to look to the future to see what challenges those working in the industry may face over the next few years. We have witnessed significant change during the last twenty years and that will no doubt continue, so we need to consider how we overcome these future challenges.
There are a number of events planned throughout the year, as well as publications released, webinars produced and initiatives launched, but in order to succeed we need your help. After all, it is your Institute. Leading up to these events we will be asking those in the industry for support by providing the expertise you have developed and knowledge gained throughout your careers.
More will become apparent as we enter 2014 when we won’t just keep you up to date, we will help you get involved. Do keep an eye out for our emails and if you use Facebook, Twitter, Linked In or Google+ then why not connect with us on those.
In the meantime, we’d like to know more about your BC experiences over the last twenty years to see how far the profession has evolved and what the changing threats have been. I’m sure the issues facing a BC practitioner in 1994 were very different to what they are today, and these will be very different to what they will be in 2020. So with that thought in mind, what incidents/events do you think have really stood out and provided the greatest challenge for BC practitioners? Perhaps it was the Kobe earthquake in 1995 or the worries over the Millennium Bug in 1999. Maybe it was the USA/Canada blackout in 2003 or the Icelandic volcano eruption in 2010 that caused severe disruptions across Europe and beyond. I’m sure we all have our stories to tell so let’s hear them.