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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 14:48

Putting Out Fires

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is known for his statement, “The only constant is change.”  Personally, I embrace change.  After all, if things did not change we would get bored with the mundane.  Along those lines, I recently decided it was time for a change in my career and joined BC in the Cloud this year.   After spending nearly 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry I prepared myself for a tidal wave of change and a steep learning curve.  Now with a few months in the field, I am pleasantly surprised to find I was more prepared than I thought, thanks to the years I spent as a volunteer firefighter.

How could firefighting prepare you for a job in a company that provides a planning platform for business continuity and disaster recovery?  You may be surprised by the similarities.

Firefighting is all about planning and preparing for an emergency.  As a firefighter you never know when the alarm will sound or what that next call might bring.  This is no different than what business continuity practitioners do for the businesses they support.   In business continuity plans are created and those plans are tested through a variety of exercises.  When an incident occurs, the plans become the backbone of how a business responds, hopefully with as little disruption and impact as possible.