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Why DRaaS Could Save Your Business

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in Availability Services, DRaaS | Comments Off on Why DRaaS Could Save Your Business

Without ensuring reliable backup and recovery of your servers and data, your business is at risk. Many factors such as industrial action, extreme weather conditions, routing upgrades or hardware failure can all lead to extensive loss of data, the consequences of which could be catastrophic to your business. Disaster Recovery as a Service, commonly known as DRaaS, is a comprehensive portfolio of services that offers a potential solution, however does it offer the full service that you would expect unless it is properly managed by a company with...

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Resilient office solutions

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in business resilience, Resilient Office Solutions | Comments Off on Resilient office solutions

By Ernst Wolfaardt, GM:Operations, ContinuitySA When it’s time to find premises for your new business or when you are relocating or need extra office space, it’s interesting to consider the alternatives available. Should you deliberate about office renovations, take a new building or evaluate a resilient office space? In addition to its core Business Continuity Management, ContinuitySA is offering resilient office space to companies who want the benefits of a fully managed office solution at a fixed monthly costs. So what is our resilient...

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5 ways to build business resilience in an uncertain world (5 of 5)

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Advisory Services, business continuity risks | 0 comments

Geo-politics is a business risk too. By Michael Davies, CEO, ContinuitySA The final set of risks relate to geo-politics and, in particular, terrorism. Our team recognised that these are risks that are largely out of companies’ control, but they need to understand them and have mitigation plans in place. We decided to include these risks particularly because Africa seems to be more and more vulnerable to them, terrorism in particular. It comes at a time when South African businesses, in particular, are looking to expand north in order to...

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5 ways to build business resilience in an uncertain world (4 of 5)

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in business continuity management, business resilience | 0 comments

Cyber-attack is a fact of business life these days. By Michael Davies, CEO, ContinuitySA Like it or not (and none of us do), it seems that the brave new world of the Internet, and the resulting connected business environment, have created a whole new class of crime: cyber-crime. Cyber-criminals are legion, and exist in suburban bedroom in Iowa, lofts in Beijing and North Korea, and Internet cafes in Belarus and Estonia. They are highly skilled, often anarchist in mindset, and supported by an apparently limitless set of hacking tools available...

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5 ways to build business resilience in an uncertain world (3 of 5)

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Advisory Services, business continuity, disaster recovery, disaster recovery plans | 0 comments

When the chips are down, can you handle a return to basics? Give some thought to how your key businesses could be actioned manually, if worst comes to worst. By Michael Davies, CEO, ContinuitySA We’ve all imagined how we would cope with the aftermath of a nuclear attack or a violent revolution, when all the infrastructure on which we depend is destroyed. Foraging and hunting for food, chopping wood, finding a water source, learning to weave or work leather: what skills and tools would we need to survive? The same thought process could be...

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5 ways to build business resilience in an uncertain world (2 of 5)

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Advisory Services, Business Continuity Plans, Supply chain | 0 comments

Supply chain risk is something that all businesses should understand, and work hard to mitigate. By Michael Davies, CEO, ContinuitySA Last time, I introduced the first of five risks that will affect African businesses over the coming year and into 2017. The second risk our team identified is one that has become more prominent over the course of the last several years: supply chain risk. The first point to make is that today’s business environment is characterised by long supply chains and greater collaboration with business...

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5 ways to build business resilience in an uncertain world (1 of 5)

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in business continuity management, business continuity risks, disaster recovery | 0 comments

Take your business’s ability to mitigate risk to the next level in 2016. By Michael Davies, CEO, ContinuitySA At the end of every year, my executive team goes into crystal-ball mode, pooling our experience and insights to try and brainstorm the risk landscape for the year ahead. This time round, we came up with five areas of risk that African businesses should be thinking about. Each blog in this series will cover one of the five. First, though, a brief reflection on the notion of business resilience itself. Once upon a time, we spoke only...

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Black swan coming in…

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Advisory Services, business continuity, Business Continuity Plans | 0 comments

Make sure your company is equipped to deal with the unexpected. Black swans are unexpected events with profound, even catastrophic effects. When they’ve happened, most people try to rationalise them and how they could have been prepared to deal with it. But the truth of it is that a black swan is so unexpected it’s virtually impossible to foresee it. The Twin Towers is perhaps the classic black-swan event of recent times. It changed the face of geopolitics and while there were many theories about how the authorities should have seen it...

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Preparing now for winter loadshedding

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Advisory Services, BIA | 0 comments

Although we are still enjoying the heat of the summer it will not be too long before winter is here and with it the increasing threat of loadshedding. So the timing is opportune to examine what power back up solution you need to cope with this impending possibility. Several loadshedding solutions exist and one needs to be careful not to go over the top and spend excessively on developing a solution or over engineering what is actually required.  One of the most effective solutions is to have a backup electrical power generator that can take...

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No test, no (IT disaster recovery) solution

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in BCAW2015, business continuity, IT disaster recovery | 0 comments

Regular testing is the only way to ensure your disaster recovery arrangements will actually work. Management 101 says that “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”; disaster recovery 101 puts it somewhat differently, “If you don’t test it, then it’s not really a disaster recovery plan”. To be frank, when a disaster happens, when the power outage drags into the second day, is no time to discover that some component of the recovery plan isn’t performing! The only way to ensure that there are no nasty surprises is to...

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