The Human Factor: BCM Team Roles and Skill Requirements 
MHA Consulting » Business Continuity Planning
by Michael Herrera
4M ago
Knowing what roles should be represented on the business continuity management (BCM) team and what kind of people should fill them is an overlooked key to success in making organizations resilient. In today’s post we’ll look at what the slots on a BCM team should be and the traits and skillsets needed in the team’s staff and leadership.   Related on MHA Consulting: Who Does What: The Most Critical Job Roles in IT Disaster Recovery BCM Team Roles  This week’s blog will look at one of the key factors that determines how successful a company is in avoiding and recovering from out ..read more
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Navigating Resilience: How to Create a BCM Roadmap 
MHA Consulting » Business Continuity Planning
by Michael Herrera
6M ago
The business continuity management roadmap is a simple but powerful tool that can help organizations strengthen their BCM programs and enhance their resilience. In today’s post, we’ll lay out an eight-step process your company can use to create its own, customized BCM roadmap.  Related on MHA Consulting: Get Out the Map: Why Your BCM Program Needs a Roadmap The Power of the Map  At MHA, we believe strongly in the value of roadmaps. We think they’re essential. There’s no better way to achieve an ambitious, difficult goal such as moving an organization from a state of vulnerability t ..read more
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The Common Mistake of “Inviting by Title”
MHA Consulting » Business Continuity Planning
by Gloria Sargent
7M ago
As business continuity consultants, we at MHA often encounter a situation we call “inviting by title,” which is when our contact at the client company has us meet with high-level company executives rather than mid-level employees with detailed tactical knowledge. The irony is, in many cases, it is the mid-level, hands-on managers who are best positioned to provide the knowledge we need to complete the engagement.  Related on MHA Consulting: Dancing the Tango with Your Business Continuity Consultant  The Pervasive Practice of “Inviting by Title”  Today’s blog is about a fairly ..read more
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The Times They Are a-Changin’: Adapting to Change as a BCM Professional
MHA Consulting » Business Continuity Planning
by Michael Herrera
7M ago
Over time, organisms that are capable of adapting to change thrive while those that don’t go extinct. The same thing is true of organizations and  business continuity professionals. In today’s post, we’ll look at seven ways the practice of BC is evolving and describe how BC practitioners must adapt to stay relevant and productive.  Related on MHA Consulting: Roll with the Changes: A New Generation Requires a New Approach to BCM  It is comforting to think that if we master one set of marketable skills, we’ll be able to make a living from them for the rest of our careers; howeve ..read more
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What Was New in ’22: The BCM Year in Review
MHA Consulting » Business Continuity Planning
by Michael Herrera
1y ago
The year 2022 saw the tapering off of the pandemic, the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, an ongoing wave of cyberattacks, continuing supply chain woes, and a renewed focus by organizations on identifying and protecting their most essential business processes. Read on to learn about the BCM year in review.  Related on BCMMETRICS: Global Turmoil Making You Ill? Try a Dose of Risk Management Getting Back in the Air  This year, I’m glad to say, I returned to my prepandemic level of business travel. I flew 100,000 miles, visiting clients in Hawaii, the Middle East, and the U.K. as we ..read more
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Learning the Local Culture: BCM Pros Need to Suit Their Programs to the Locality
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by Richard Long
1y ago
It’s human nature for people to take the assumptions of their culture for granted, not realizing that people elsewhere might look at things in a radically different way. Business continuity … The post Learning the Local Culture: BCM Pros Need to Suit Their Programs to the Locality appeared first on MHA Consulting ..read more
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Goodbye to All That: How to Phase Out Your Data Center
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by Richard Long
1y ago
Many organizations are considering reducing their involvement in the data center business and moving some or all of their computing environment to the cloud or a colocation facility. A successful … The post Goodbye to All That: How to Phase Out Your Data Center appeared first on MHA Consulting ..read more
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Omission Accomplished: When Front-Line Workers Are Excluded from BCM Training 
MHA Consulting » Business Continuity Planning
by Richard Long
1y ago
Many organizations seem to go out of their way to provide business continuity training to everyone—except the front-line workers who would most likely be the ones tasked with responding to … The post Omission Accomplished: When Front-Line Workers Are Excluded from BCM Training  appeared first on MHA Consulting ..read more
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Eat the Frog: Tackling the Tough  BCM Challenges You Habitually Put Off 
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by Richard Long
1y ago
Almost every business continuity management program has gaps that are well-known to the BCM office but never addressed, usually because closing them would be hard. However, in many cases, tackling … The post Eat the Frog: Tackling the Tough  BCM Challenges You Habitually Put Off  appeared first on MHA Consulting ..read more
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About Time: Deciding When to Start Your RTO Countdown
MHA Consulting » Business Continuity Planning
by Richard Long
1y ago
Many organizations lack a clear, recognized understanding of when the metaphorical switch will be flipped to start the recovery time objective (RTO) countdown timer. There are two options, either of … The post About Time: Deciding When to Start Your RTO Countdown appeared first on MHA Consulting ..read more
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