If you read the publications, attend seminars and conventions, conferences and listen to webcasts and even watch videos posted on social media sites, you’ll find that in general everyone covers all the possible subjects related to BCM/DR. Topics such as “How to create resiliency” and “How to test plans” to “What to do when a disaster strikes” and “What makes a great BCM/DR program” dominate every possible media, yet, after so many years of the same topics being presented by different people with new takes or perspectives – though mostly it’s the same thing being repackaged – it might become clear to some people that there is a lack in new understandings and new ideas. After all, disasters have gone on throughout history so how much more can we possible say about disasters?
In some respects we’re taking the same ideas and putting a new ribbon on them and passing them off as new processes and new ways to do things. However, if the subject is getting Executive Buy-In, it doesn’t matter how much you dress it up and how many ideas you put behind it, it still comes down to making a connection with the executive(s) in question so they understand the value. You can change the colour of the ribbon you’re packaging your presentation in but you’re goal is still the same.
We have many global standards for BCM/DR and other standards that reference BCM/DR – like ISO 17799 (Information Security) – and each touts what it believes is the best options for creating, validating and maintaining a program; with the various components incorporated into it. All to often the components are lumped together or are given different names to single themselves out from other standards but no matter what, they are still doing the same thing. For example, getting people to safety is still evacuation procedures no matter how you want to dress it up.
I can’t remember all the times I’ve read articles about specific topics that appear in online and print publications; the only difference is the author and the snappy new title to grab attention.
Some instances have people getting to technical in their descriptions and their methodology that the layperson can’ t possibly be able to follow it or implement their recommendations. If you can’t get executive buy in using basic approaches then what is going to change that by making things more complex with a new methodology? Nothing will change it, let alone be able to implement a new methodology.
So, have we said what needs to be said and are we now just repeating ourselves? It’s like the old saying about all musicians just re-write the same old song. Or when someone listens to a specific type of music they aren’t particularly fond of; to them it all sounds the same – there’s nothing new or fresh about it. It’s the same no matter when, where or how they listen to it. With all the consultants and software packages; with all the contactors and BCM/DR professionals and practitioners; are we doing and saying the same thing over and over to the point where no one differentiates between the value of a ‘reminder’ type of article from the ‘new fresh idea’ type of article?
© StoneRoad 2017
A.Alex Fullick has over 20 years experience working in Business Continuity and is the author of numerous books, including “Heads in the Sand” and “BIA: Building the Foundation for a Strong Business Continuity Program.”