BCP / BIA – debunking the myths

By QRMC / Posted on August 15, 2017

Whilst many organisations have developed Business Continuity Plans, the basis for documenting business continuity requirements is often not clear. In many cases there is uncertainty as to what a Business Continuity Plan is, what it should facilitate and what it should contain, with the lines between emergency management and business continuity often blurred. It is […]

Business Continuity after Cyclone Debbie

By QRMC / Posted on May 9, 2017

At a regional level, in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the subsequent flooding emergency, response and recovery systems are being assessed and a major review has been ordered by the Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan into how Queensland disaster management groups responded to ensure that “lessons were learned”. Whilst Business […]

Business Continuity Management over Summer

By QRMC / Posted on December 15, 2016

With the summer storm season upon us, and key staff away for the holidays in many businesses, it’s a good time to check that your business continuity management systems are ready. The holiday season can be used as a low stress ‘test’ of business continuity plans, in view of the temporary loss and unavailability of […]

Business Continuity and Health and Safety

By QRMC / Posted on September 20, 2016

The August Safety Networking Group session included a presentation on the interrelation between Business Continuity, Emergency & Safety. The presentation considered common terminology and attempted to clarify the terms and their application: Local Disaster Management Local Disaster Management is generally Local Government based with the aim of ensuring safer and more resilient communities during community-wide […]

Is your Business Continuity Program risk focussed?

By QRMC / Posted on July 12, 2016

Most Business Continuity Plans (BCP) include consideration of the Critical Functions within the organisation, including the need to identify them together with the necessary resources required to perform these critical functions and any available workarounds. Two key issues to consider when formulating a BCP are: Is the definition of a Critical Function clearly understood by […]

Business Impact Analysis Woes

By QRMC / Posted on June 14, 2016

The Business Impact Analysis, or BIA (defined as the process of analysing business activities and the effect that a business disruption might have upon them), is a critical part of successful business continuity management. Without a thorough and reliable BIA process, an organisation cannot have confidence that they have accurately identified their areas of vulnerability, […]

Prevent Business Continuity Plans from Failing

By QRMC / Posted on May 17, 2016

Effective business continuity management is essential to many businesses in this fast-paced modern world, in which being out of action for even a short time can have dire consequences for the organisation. Being confident that you’ve done all that you can to prepare for unforeseen business interruptions is a great comfort, however there is a […]

Tips for Successful Crisis Management

By QRMC / Posted on April 19, 2016

By its very nature a business crisis gives rise to stress and confusion, with very little time for consideration, uncertain information and unpredictable outcomes as the situation evolves. If managed poorly, such a situation can result in damage to the organisation’s reputation and financial bottom line. However, if some planning and preparation is undertaken to […]

Defining Recovery Time Objectives

By QRMC / Posted on March 15, 2016

The term recovery time objective refers the maximum amount of time allowed to recover resources, restart an activity, or provide services or products after a disruption event occurs. It is a targeted time period to ensure that adverse consequences do not become unacceptable. Determining appropriate recovery time objectives (RTO) is a critical part of the […]

The Cost-Benefit Equation for Business Continuity

By QRMC / Posted on November 17, 2015

The pressures on businesses to minimise costs and try to maximise profits in an uncertain economic environment are considerable. With the worldwide impacts of the global financial crisis still fresh in our memories, and gloomy predictions ever-present about the economic stability of Europe, China and the USA, no CEO or Director wants to commit funds […]