Business Continuity 101

  • Strategy Connected Business Continuity: What is it, and Why is it Important?

    Michael Porter once famously said “the essence of strategy is choosing what not to do”. While I am sure that Mr. Porter was not thinking of business continuity when making this statement, it is absolutely applicable to…

    John Verdi, MBCI John Verdi, MBCI | Mar 23, 2017
  • Business Continuity: The Importance of Thinking Both Strategically and Tactically

    As I reflect on my first year as a business continuity professional, I contemplate what has made me successful to date. In my previous role of being an officer in the U.S. Army, I lived and breathed…

    Drew Beavers Drew Beavers | Nov 18, 2016
  • Business Continuity Plans: Resource Loss-based vs Scenario-based

    For some reason, bad ideas often attempt to make a comeback – typically, after enough time has passed and the very reason they were discarded or abandoned in the first place is forgotten. Bad ideas certainly are…

    Avalution Team Avalution Team | Mar 25, 2016
  • Effective Business Continuity: Program vs Plan

    Many organizations think that effective business continuity planning is synonymous with great plan documentation. It’s not. Yes, plan documentation is extremely important. BUT… many organizations fail to recognize that effective business continuity plans – and truly prepared…

    TJ Heginbotham, AMBCI TJ Heginbotham, AMBCI | Jan 28, 2016
  • Standard Operating Procedures: Program Documentation That Helps Drive Repeatable Results

    Designing a governance structure and describing its intended performance in the form of program documentation is the first step to ensure your business continuity program produces repeatable results that align to stakeholder expectations. According to the Business…

    Avalution Team Avalution Team | Oct 19, 2015
  • We Just Did a BIA and Gap Analysis… Now What?

    How to Perform an Effective Business Continuity Strategy Identification and Selection Effort Reader Note: This article is a continuation from Avalution’s November 2014 article titled: We just did a BIA and Risk Assessment … Now What? How to…

    Avalution Team Avalution Team | Apr 27, 2015
  • How-To: Effectively Scope Your Business Continuity Program

    Early on in the development of a business continuity program, careful, pragmatic scoping can be the difference between quick and appropriate wins and a never-ending planning effort with little capability.  Organizations typically build programs due to customer…

    Dustin Mackie MBCI, CISSP Dustin Mackie MBCI, CISSP | Mar 30, 2015
  • Rethinking Business Continuity Metrics

    One of the most challenging management system activities that business continuity professionals need to execute (outside of coordinating actual recovery following a disruptive incident) is developing meaningful business continuity program metrics. ISO 22301 does not tell practitioners…

    Avalution Team Avalution Team | Feb 02, 2015
  • Don’t Waste Your Time or Money on Business Continuity Planning

    No one enjoys wasting resources in any form – effort, time, or money. However, organizations that implement business continuity planning in a haphazard attempt to meet a customer requirement, pass an audit, or simply don’t take the…

    Avalution Team Avalution Team | Jan 19, 2015
  • We Just Did a BIA and Risk Assessment… Now What?

    How to Perform an Effective Business Continuity Gap Analysis Following a business impact analysis (BIA) and risk assessment, best practices indicate that an organization should identify business continuity strategies that allow the organization to treat risks and…

    Avalution Team Avalution Team | Nov 17, 2014