The problems in promoting and implementing a full business continuity management system or at least some business continuity processes into an organization in 2011 are found to be hard to overcome – given a less than full buy-in and supporting position from upper management.

Even though we are in the early stages of 2011, we point our reader’s attention to a recent posting on the Continuity Central website announcing the results of an online survey conducted during January and February 2011 where business continuity professionals were asked  to answer the question, “What would you list as your top three challenges and why?”

The survey found that the biggest challenges expected in 2011 came from at least the following areas:

  1. Lack of resources was the main area of difficulty,
  2. Difficulties in getting support from senior management,
  3. Getting the wider organization to buy-in to business continuity and to provide support to the process.

Upon hearing this, if it appears that little has changed so far in 2011 from what experiences business continuity planners faced in 2010 – you are correct.   In fact, the survey also found that 65 percent of respondents said that their top challenges in 2011 were the same as 2010.

Our staff decided to bring the results of this survey to our reader’s attention, not to further point out what they seem to already know, but, more importantly, to show that the problems faced in your own organization seem to be a global pattern of resistance to the business continuity strategy of any organization —especially once you expand the BC/DR thinking process beyond just the IT department. 

Please share this information and take the time to not only review its findings, but, also add it to the resource library of your business continuity and risk management team members.

Click here to read more about the survey and download and access its findings.  Organizational resilience and business continuity cannot be concepts or strategies to be ignored by any organization trying to be competitive and survive its role in today’s global village.

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