The Importance of Business Continuity and Leveraging Resource Loss Based Planning
On Sunday, January 8, 2017, the temperature in Cleveland, OH dropped significantly, which caused a water pipe to burst in the hallway of our building, right outside the entry to our Cleveland office.
No one was in the building at the time, and the water poured out for about 45 minutes before it was shut off. The water pooled primarily in our office space resulting in damage to floors, walls, and some equipment. When all was said and done, the total amount of water removed from our office space alone, was approximately 15,000 gallons. The rest of the water literally went down the elevator and main stairway – flooding three of the floors below. Continue reading
When my business partner Brian and I started Avalution in a Starbucks 11 years ago, we didn’t spend much time agonizing over what we wanted this firm to be about. It was a quick conversation – and it didn’t really focus on business continuity! We envisioned a firm of great problem solvers. We were both most comfortable with business continuity, so we considered that a great place to start. Throughout the years, we’ve had many quick conversations to determine the path forward for Avalution. Continue reading
With 2017 well underway, I wanted to take the time to reflect on 2016 and also look ahead to predict the way in which our business continuity profession will continue to mature in 2017 and beyond.
In many ways, this “top five” list is aspirational – that being my hopes for our profession as we solve some entrenched challenges and work to add more value to the organizations we serve. Continue reading
As business continuity professionals, we’ve all heard the saying: failure to plan is planning to fail. In the spirit of this timeless mantra, we would like to remind you that September is National Preparedness Month, sponsored by FEMA’s Ready Campaign.
Due to the success of last year’s theme – Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today – they are keeping the same theme for this year; however, there will be more emphasis on generating preparedness for youth, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Continue reading
The Republican National Convention (RNC) is taking place in my hometown, Cleveland, OH, in just a few short weeks. I can feel the energy and excitement everywhere I go. Of course, that energy has been amplified by the fact that the Cavs just brought home the first major sports title in 52 years, but, regardless, the city is buzzing.
Even though most people are excited to see this scale of an event take place in Cleveland – and, let’s be honest, finally have the opportunity to show everyone why the nickname ‘mistake by the lake’ no longer applies – the entire city and nearly all organizations that operate here will be disrupted. Continue reading
The 2016 Continuity Insights Management Conference is taking place April 18-20, 2016 at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN. We’re looking forward to another wonderful show!
We have a lot planned during CIMC 2016, and we hope you’ll join us:
Please take a look below for more details on each. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Disaster Recovery Journal Spring World 2016 is taking place March 13-16, 2016 at Disney’s Coronado Spring Resort in Orlando, FL. We’re looking forward to another amazing show with numerous educational sessions and awesome people!
We have a lot planned during DRJ Spring World, and we hope you’ll join us:
Please take a look below for more details. We look forward to seeing you soon! Continue reading
September marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month (NPM) sponsored by FEMA’s Ready Campaign.
The 2015 theme is: “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”
The goal of National Preparedness Month is to encourage individuals, businesses, and communities to plan and prepare in advance so they can safely respond and communicate in the event of a disaster. Continue reading
WHAT IS ISO 22317?
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 292, the committee responsible for writing security, resilience, and business continuity standards, has released its latest document: ISO 22317 – Societal Security – Business Continuity Management Systems – Business Impact Analysis, the first and only international standard solely addressing the business impact analysis (BIA).
ISO 22317 was officially published on September 17, 2015.
There are a few important points to understand before reading ISO 22317: Continue reading
SETTING THE STAGE
This morning was a non-eventful morning. I was sitting in my office, sipping on my coffee, and working on my monthly reports. Then, the manager of our office building entered our lobby.
The Michael Brelo case is nearing an end. Closing arguments have been heard and a verdict is expected shortly. The question is, when?
Our building manager was concerned, and rightfully so.
Our office is located directly across the street from the justice center where the case is taking place. Just a couple weeks ago, we sat witness to the riots and devastation in Baltimore, and, from our ongoing monitoring of the situation and media this week, our team is aware that the City of Cleveland is actively bracing for the possible impact and chaos that could result when the verdict is announced. Continue reading