Business Continuity Blog

With significant experience in business continuity management consulting, John Robinson shares his insight.

Running a Business Continuity programme

Posted by John Robinson on Oct 18, 2017

Taken from Part 2 of our Business Continuity Blueprint. 

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Nobody does business continuity (BC) for the sake of it, there’s always a good reason and it helps if you understand what’s driving it - not least because you can then set firm success criteria.

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Tags: ISO 22301, Business Continuity Management, Business Impact Analysis

Review and Application of ISO 22316

Posted by John Robinson on Jun 15, 2017

Article originally published by the BCI's Continuity Magazine, issue Q2 2017.

The long-awaited ISO 22316:2017[E] International Standard Security and resilience – Organizational resilience – Principles and attributes has arrived.  I paid my £80 and downloaded it.  At first read it doesn’t seem to offer much – a long title but just 10 pages of dry and heavily-engineered clauses.  Surely there must be value in there if only I can unlock it.  I decided to apply my own test, perhaps a little off-piste as far as conventional review goes, but relevant for many.  I chose Brexit.

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Tags: Brexit, Resilience, ISO 22316

5 ways to build resilient robotics in your organisation

Posted by John Robinson on Apr 25, 2017

The following is taken from a whitepaper we recently published. You can download the full article here. It includes 5 additional resilience building methods not included in this article.

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Tags: Resilience, manufacturing, Small Business

Geopolitical Continuity Planning in Manufacturing Industries

Posted by John Robinson on Feb 07, 2017

"I was recently tasked with writing a business continuity plan for a manufacturing organisation with critical production facilities close to a conflict zone.  This prompted me to write a paper about geopolitical resilience.  The organisation’s executive was positioning it for investment and wanted to be seen to be managing that aspect of risk.  They recognised the situation, the way investors might regard it and the potential need to resume in a planned, acceptable way if disruption occurred.  The focus was strongly on geopolitical risks whilst still planning for conventional natural perils. "

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Tags: Resilience, Risk, Business Continuity Management, manufacturing

Business Continuity vs Organisational Resilience

Posted by John Robinson on Aug 30, 2016

Over the last few years, many organisations have ‘upgraded’ their Business Continuity Manager roles to Resilience Manager positions. However, it’s not clear whether the function or the expertise required to support it have actually changed. Has one term simply been used to replace the other, and if it has, is vital nuance being lost?

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Tags: Resilience, Business Continuity Management