Continuity and contingency planning

An ILS perspective on business continuity and contingency

The current turn of world events has put business continuity and contingency planning back at the top of the agenda. Given the pandemic you’d be right in thinking ‘it’s hardly been off!’ However, rising world tensions naturally put the spotlight on supportability engineering concerns for businesses and governments.

So, do you need to check your Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) business continuity and ILS contingency plans?

ILS and business continuity

ILS or supportability engineering principles underpin business continuity. In that, most of the work is done upfront, during a product’s design and development. This ensures the ‘continuity’ of physically engineered products once they’re operational.

It’s about keeping ‘up and running’ cost-effectively, with a calculated level of built-in flexibility. Plus, with the application of agile project management processes you can prepare for disruption. 

However, while supportability engineering plans have the capability to flex and change – to respond to new market forces and altered geopolitical landscapes – planning is driven by the parameters used.

So, while disruption is anticipated in supportability plans, changing circumstances may require a reassessment of the plan. 

ILS and contingency planning

This is where business continuity reviews play their part. 

They need to include an ILS perspective on resilience, critical functions, and the supporting infrastructure. But, with additional disruption, through war and far-reaching economic sanctions, there could be new challenges to accommodate.

Maybe your organisation is growing concerned about material and fuel shortages or price increases? Or other disrupted manufacturing supply chains that impact your business?

Today, operational managers and support engineers are asking how far the supportability parameters have shifted. Because preparedness is in the detail. It makes sense to reconfirm the flexibility and responsiveness, for specific products and projects, given the potential disruption we’re facing. Not only exploring business continuity, but looking beyond for potential gaps in the ILS contingency plans.

What ‘fall back’ position can you take if all else fails? Do you understand you business priorities? Have you considered all your options?

Flexible resource for contingency planning

There is sure to be some timely double-checking to be done.

However, it all needs to be achieved without disrupting your day-to-day operations and the resourcing of new product developments and business growth projects.

More than ever specialist ILS and supportability engineering resources are playing an invaluable role in helping businesses ensure their continuity and contingency planning stacks up.  

Whatever industry you are in, you are likely to be facing some of your toughest challenges yet. Supportability engineers that can hit the ground running, can make all the difference to how you deliver your workload and respond to the latest bumps in the road.

So, if you’re looking to scale-up flexibly to support ILS business continuity and workload delivery then talk to us about our ILS consultancy support.

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