‘Your Ten Step Guide to Becoming Games Ready’
With the start of the Olympics now less than six months away, SunGard Availability Services is urging UK businesses to prepare now to ensure they are ready for the potential disruption caused by the Olympic Games. Whilst no-one can predict how widespread such disruption may be, businesses need to consider the possibilities and prepare accordingly.
SunGard says that mid-size and large British businesses now have only nine weeks to develop, review and test business continuity plans if they are to be 100 percent sure that their business can cope with the potential impact of the Games. The ripple effect of London 2012 stands to be felt across the UK, with organizations impacted across their ecosystems from transport, power or communications disruptions, skeleton staffing, interrupted supply chains and lingering fears of protests or even terrorist attacks. Not to mention the possible denial of access to their offices.
Assessing how the Games will impact a business’ location, people, technology, supply chain, security (virtual and physical) and associated HR policies are all crucial areas which need to be addressed. While many businesses have already put plans in place, to assist those who have not SunGard has developed a ten step guide: ‘Your 10 Step Guide to Becoming Games Ready’. This covers:
February: Conduct a risk analysis – identify issues and critical processes at risk, understand staff commuting habits. Use own staff or consultancy to make up lost time;
February continued: Evaluate options, solutions and establish workarounds, staff operational procedures and policies with the business; refresh Incident Management arrangements;
March: Source solution resources: extra ports, VDIs, etc, review business interruption insurance;
April: Implement and test solutions / workarounds; identify any failings and correct;
May: Establish alternative suppliers for sundry items such as water, food, office consumables; order surplus to last two months. Test solutions and workarounds to ensure success;
June: Remind and communicate final policies to staff and benefits to stakeholders;
July: Implement proactive measures and be in a high state of incident management readiness to react to events;
August: Implement proactive measures and be in a high state of incident management readiness to react to events;
Sept: Stand down from a high alert state;
October: Review and apply new capability to deal with other disruptions.
Obtain the full guide (PDF).
•Date: 2nd February 2012 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC general