‘Other Duties As Assigned’

February 6, 2019

An Argument for Relationship-Building to Build Business Continuity Programs   People have a hard time imagining what could happen when it has not yet happened.  Imagining and working on a plan to recover from a possible disruption that has not happened before is not typically part of an accountant’s job – accountants work with […]

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A Culture of [Business] Continuity | Part II

September 12, 2012

[…] the organization, it’s easy to declare an early victory! However, lasting and meaningful change takes time because it involves every aspect of the organization and its personnel. Leveraging the short-term targets established in step 6, business continuity practitioners can use each success as an opportunity to build on what went right and identify what […]

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Business Continuity Integration with Supply Chain Management: The Why and How

November 14, 2019

[…] supply chain management came in last, behind information technology, information security, compliance, facilities management, physical security, audit, and legal. The question asked was about how integrated core business continuity was with other functions within their organizations? Perhaps my initial surprise is I unconditionally believe a company’s supply chain is its lifeblood. Supply chain continuity […]

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Challenging the ‘Why’ of Small Business Preparedness

October 3, 2014

Why is it that so few small businesses prepare for emergencies? Or is that even the right question? Maybe the question should be more along the lines of “why do so few small businesses focus on preparedness in response to the avalanche of messages prompting them to do so?” Just to recap some of […]

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The Wikipedia of Business Resilience

April 22, 2013

When I was asked to create a business resiliency taxonomy I did some research to see what had already been created. To my surprise, none of my colleagues had ever seen one or had though to put it together. The highest level of the newly created taxonomy is the overarching term business resiliency or […]

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Planning for Human Continuity

March 17, 2014

[…] the space shuttle disaster, a new responsibility was added to the CEO’s job description: assuring stockholders, directors, employees, and customers that the company would survive a potentially business-ending crisis. Despite these high-profile events and additional crises over the remaining decades of the century, the fields of crisis management, emergency planning, and business continuity continued […]

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Advantages of Business Continuity Software Expand as Analysis Matures

August 16, 2011

The debate over the use of software for business continuity planning is typically focused on the perceived value of the system functionality. Software vendors champion their automation features while critics cite the licensing cost and the complexity of implementation and administration. Most organizations hinge their final determination on whether the system capabilities are viewed […]

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Small Business Case

March 17, 2014

Can small businesses recover from significant disasters? The answer depends on a number of variables such as the size of the business, its location, its financial strength, and the direct and indirect effects of the event. Did you know there were approximately 22.9 million small businesses in the U.S. in 2002? Did you also […]

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Do We Really Need Another Business Continuity Standard?

April 27, 2011

It seems like less than a decade ago we didn’t have any standards on business continuity in the United States, and now we have four from which to choose. I’m not complaining, but now it’s almost like going to the restaurant that has so much on the menu you find it difficult to choose […]

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Getting Your Business Back: Pulling Together Business Continuity, Crisis Management and Disaster Recovery

June 7, 2011

[…] a common thread is that the responsibility for recovery seems to lie in several different (and often uncoordinated) department.  It begs the question, who is responsible for business recovery within a company?  I’ve seen the Business Continuity group report to the CFO, the Risk Officer, the COO and the IT department.  But structure and […]

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