BCM & DR: Awareness & Training Begins at the Start…

Whether you experience good times or bad times, everything is an opportunity to learn and grow.  Too often we seem to wear blinders and trudge full speed ahead hoping we reach our final goal, which if all goes according to plan – and it rarely does – we achieve our aspirations.  But when we get to the destination we often forget what we might have learned along the way, or worse, paid no heed to anything as we moved forward and thus, don’t end up learning anything from our experience.   Learning from our experiences and becoming more aware of what we’re doing happens as we’re actively working on activities, not when we’ve completed them.   Continue reading

BCM & DR: Managing Dependencies and Expectations

Well, it’s that time again when I write about personal experience rather than academic doctrine and how the two end up conflicting and sometimes not providing what you want in the end.

Recently, during a few meeting it was discussed that a new process was required for Senior Management reporting purposes and the manager requesting the process provided some guidelines/requirements on what was needed.  Sounds easy enough. Continue reading

BCM/DR: Face-to-Face Meetings

I’ve often run into people that have to ‘send an email’ with a question for a person that’s located on a few seats away.   Are they afraid of that person?  Why can’t they just get up and go see them for a couple of minutes to ask what they need to ask?  It seems the art of face-to-face communication is disappearing in favor of CYA (Cover You’re A…) and audit concerns.  Continue reading

BCM & DR: Mergers & Acquisitions (Part 2)

As noted in Part 1, if you’re going to be merging all areas of the two companies and the acquired will be engulfed or swallowed up by the acquiring company, then BCM/DR has a very large workload ahead of itself.  In some regards, it’ll be like starting over but you’ll know half the BCM need already.  Continue reading

NEW BCM / DR TEMPLATES! Now Available at Stone-Road.com

We’re happy to announce that we now have updated Business Continuity Management (BCM) document templates available at http://www.stone-road.com.  We’ve removed the older 2003 versions, and now have everything in a 2010 version.

Here’s what you can find: Continue reading

BCM & DR: Confusion is Bound to be Present

Let’s face it, you don’t know what’s happening until It’s happened; it takes time to find out what has occurred. What it major? Is it minor? Did IT get impacted? Was revenue (or other financial impacts) lost? Does the public know? Or worse, does the media know? Continue reading

BCP/DRP Plans: Never Consider Them Complete

All organizations with a Business Continuity Management (BCM) or Disaster Recovery (DR) program always strive to have their Business Continuity Plans (BCP) / Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP) in a state they can use: in a state they believe will cover them in any and all situations. They want their plans to at least cover the basic minimum so that they can be responsive to any situation. But if an organization takes its program – and related plans – seriously, then these plans are never fully complete. Continue reading