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It is a lovely morning in Sydney, perfectly clear sky to enjoy the view as I flew in this morning. Even better is the prospect of some real world conversations on subjects as diverse as BC and resilience today. I am in Sydney for the Australasian BC Summit, one of the better conferences on […]
This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series CIMC2014Keynote session today was a panel discussion around the growth of mobile applications and Social Media and how that impacts on BC/DR. Builds nicely from the comments made in yesterday’s keynote about the magnitude of the upheaval in society that is flowing from this area. […]
I am extremely honoured to announce a newly published paper. In this case it is not just the new publication that is the thrill. My paper, A Fork in the Road, was awarded the Business Continuity Paper of the Year 2013. The paper is published in the latest issue of the Business Continuity and Resiliency […]
This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series CIMC2014I am in New Orleans this week for the Continuity Insights Management Conference, my first visit to a CI conference. I have been to New Orleans several times, but this is my visit visit since Katrina, so the Sunday afternoon “Road to Recovery” bus tour […]
An early start today with a 5:00 AM arrival in the UK. In the spirit of my conference presentation I am experimenting with a novel practice to counter jet lag. You can read my BCEye blog post about adopting different mind sets and thinking differently. It is a shame nobody comments on these posts – hopefully the audience […]
The story so far …
I started this blog in late 2009 when I set out to explore the concept of resilience. Writing forced me to read widely to develop my understanding and hopefully promote informed discussion on the subject. What follows is my ‘Resilience 101′ – a summary of my purpose and basic position and the “My thinking on Resilience” posts (at right) elaborate on this position if you are interested.
I first came into the Business Continuity discipline in the 1980′s when it was an IT activity called Disaster Recovery. In those 30+ years i have seen many name changes and several body of knowledge changes. Unfortunately too many people are still doing the same work we did back then – just with a different name.
Resilience is not the new name for BCM – although simple rebadging is once again rife.
Resilience is a higher-order discipline/practice within an organisation. It must address wider and more strategic issues than BCM does – or probably will ever do.
Resilience is not going to be achieved via process and standardisation. Both of these attributes play their role within the writes a operational areas that contribute to overall resilience – which includes BCM.
The great risk to the concept of resilience is the desire to make it a commodity, generally motivated by the industry in order to sell you a solution – the product offerings are not just technology and systems but include publications, standards and certifications.
The stated scope and focus of the discipline has allegedly followed this rough progression;
At each new stage we should have seen a wider focus the focus of the discipline, and expanded the role, skills and organisational standing of practitioners.
- Out of data centre and IT
- Into Business processes
- Wider enterprise view and integrated with Emergency Management and Crisis Management
- Outside the enterprise and into the value chain
- Strategic, transformational and non-physical events
Unfortunately we have not seen this, and my recent presenting and writing around engaging Executives could have been applicable at most stages of the past 30 years. Too often each step in the progression was a repudiation of the narrow, process focus of the previous stage. Each step in the evolution demanded new skills and new thinking, not rebranding of the old order.
Let’s not do that again!
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Thoughts and ideas on resilience
“Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them” Laurence J. Peter Dr Peter may well have been talking about the problem of understanding, building and maintaing resilience. Resilience is a wicked problem. A wicked problem is one that is almost impossible to […]
The blog has suffered a period of collapse over the past month. Energy has been released on other endeavours (such as my presentation for DRJ Spring World), and so there have been no new posts. When I publish again, like today – is this the “bounce back” or even the “bounce forward” that we too often […]
I had not been home for two weeks, so it was good to have sun and blue sky on Sunday for my walk along the beach. In the time I was away an intense storm front had passed through the region and It was interesting to see the change it had wrought on the beach […]
The new edition of the Disaster Recovery Journal is out (Fall 2012). This edition includes their annual Executive Guide and the theme this year is “How to achieve true enterprise resiliency“. You should read this, for no other reason than I have an article in the Executive report entitled “Why true enterprise resiliency is the […]
This morning went I went for a walk on the beach I found a large number of dead birds. These were muttonbirds that had been washed in on the tide. This is an annual problem, as you will see if you click though to the news item linked to the picture. These little birds are migrating […]