Five weird and wonderful stories of business continuity
By Catherine McFarland • 13 Feb 2014
Drunken elephants, flying cows and a new brand of toilet roll. What do they have in common? They are all instigators of service disruption, and extreme examples of why it’s important to have a rigorous and workable business continuity plan in place. Clearly, though, you can’t plan for all eventualities….
Computer hardware is poo pooed
You might think that your data centre is constantly monitored, secure and well designed. Yet the second most common cause of catastrophic failure in the data centre (after electrical) is water leaks. Imagine however if, like one unfortunate company, your data centre was situated underneath an ageing sewer pipe. Enough said?
Building evacuated; fireworks to blame
In another instance, an office building in Canada was forced to evacuate when the smell of smoke alarmed workers. In fact, the air conditioning unit was sucking in cordite smoke from a nearby fireworks display.
Fly swarm invasion; office evacuated
Insects were the cause of an office closure in Canada, as thousands of little black flies invaded the building, causing chaos.
Cow falls from sky; fishing trawler wiped out
Perhaps the strangest story of all is the incident of the cow. South African cattle thieves were apparently transporting their loot on an old Russian transport plane when one of the cows spooked, threatening passenger safety. The subsequent decision to open the rear loading door led to the cow falling from the plane and smashing through a Japanese trawler. Which sank.
Bog standard office closure
Who would have thought that a decision by a company’s procurement department to change loo roll supplier would lead to their office closure for several days? In fact, the cheaper loo roll clogged the pipes, flooding the building.
Business continuity - how many scenarios can you actually plan for?
Some companies tie themselves in knots trying to imagine how to respond to an endless flood of possible disasters. In fact, planning should not follow a scenario basis. Instead, it should be based on the loss or unavailability of key resources, regardless of the circumstances.
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