Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Meeting and Event Continuity

If you agree with the principal that “anything that can go wrong, will,” you’ll understand why a contingency plan is so important to your meeting and event. The articles below can help you put one together or check to see that yours covers all it should.

You must have an emergency plan to ensure attendee safety and business continuity in a world where the occurrence of the unexpected is increasingly likely. (Item #1) The most important thing you can do for any event is to have a contingency plan. (Item #2) It is critical that an event contingency plan include a system for implementing the plan, including making sure that those it protects know of its existence and what it provides. (Item #3)

You do have to consider the problems individuals can cause at an event. (Item #4) If you can answer these questions your venue may put to you, you probably have a contingency plan. (Item #5) Video and virtual meetings can be the answer to meeting disruptions. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Getting Management Buy-In

In many organizations, the biggest business continuity issues are communication and getting buy-in and funding. Because business continuity has no instant return on investment, it is extremely difficult to measure its value. It is viewed as a cost center, not a revenue item. As a result, BC is often pushed into the background in favor of activities that positively affect the bottom line. This week’s articles are selected to help you gain the buy-in you need to get your BCP off the ground.

How do you get management attention for your BC project? (Item #1) Senior management is important, but how about everyone else in the organization? (Item #2) You want to do BC training, but you need management support. (Item #3)

Let management know what you and your BC team bring to the party. (Item #4) What does your presentation need to be effective and get the buy-in you want? (Item #5) Maybe communication is the answer to the problem of getting buy-in. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Business Continuity in the Current Economy

Regardless of the state of the economy, it's critical to make sure your continuity planning doesn't fall by the wayside. You can't afford to think that bad things don't happen in bad times... they do. This week's articles, therefore, look at protecting your organization despite the economy.

IT projects may be on hold, but your infrastructure must be protected now. (Item #1) Reducing costs also may increase your risk; keep your plan ready to deal with the worst case. (Item #2) You need to do everything possible to ensure funds for recovery are available. (Item #3)

Maybe, instead of eliminating BC planning, you can take a modular approach. (Item #4) People in the field share their insights about keeping your plans alive in a recession. (Item #5) Is the down economy actually encouraging management to get more involved in BC planning? (Item #6)

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Six Key Business Continuity Activities for 2011

The New Year is underway, and I'd like to call to your attention to the following six activities that could help you survive a disruption to your organization. Here are links to several of our 2010 newsletter issues (in case you missed them) that offer more help on these six key activities:
  1. Get a plan or update your old one
  2. Develop emergency plans for any meetings, events, etc., that you plan, produce, or host
  3. Assess your risk for 2011
  4. Exercise your plan
  5. Make sure everyone knows about the plan
  6. Have you checked your emergency supplies lately?
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