Business Continuity Tip of the Month   -  December 2000

Bah humbug! (a Christmas tale)

Once upon a time there was a Chief Executive called Ebenezer. He disliked spending money at the best of times. When it came to Business Continuity, he could only see the cost and no payback, so he was unwilling to spend anything on it.

One Christmas he was visited by some very strange characters.

The ghost of Business Continuity past told him that Business Continuity used to be mainly about disasters and computers. “We don’t have disasters here” he’d always thought, “it couldn’t happen to us”.

The ghost of Business Continuity present showed him that nowadays Business Continuity includes all business functions, not just IT; that it is not just about disasters and crises; that it includes reviewing operational processes, and improving procedures and practices to increase resilience and reduce errors and downtime. It also showed him that recent nation-wide events, such as the fuel crisis, floods and rail problems had affected an awful lot of companies who thought it couldn’t happen to them.

Then the ghost of Business Continuity future explained that with increased awareness and regulatory influences, Business Continuity is set to become a board-level issue for many more companies. And that the successful ones will be those who embed Business Continuity as part of normal management best-practice rather than thinking of it as merely an expense and an optional extra.

Ebenezer found this to be a real eye-opener and resolved to give the subject more consideration in future.

 

Merry Christmas

 


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