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COVID 19, The need for business risk management and continuity plans for SMEs by Michael Jjingo

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As the world grapples with the COVID 19 pandemic, many organizations are at risk of short staffing or unavailable workers and services, but disaster recovery and business continuity plans can help sustain business. The need for risk management and business continuity plans is becoming more critical to firms as they adjust to the business disruptions caused by the coronavirus. Well, a virus in and of itself can’t shut your company’s systems, operations, or services down, but it can impact how a business functions, especially if people are quarantined at home or too sick to work or experience a network outage or other disruptions.

In as much as It’s not usual for businesses to face a pandemic like Covid19, but natural disasters, man-made disasters, security threats, and natural calamities (such as landslides or high magnitude earthquake) that are a reality, if businesses are to be guaranteed continuity, they should ensure a smooth recovery process and steadiness of operations, which is critical that they do a risk assessment and develop a recovery of services strategy.

Could we pose the question, “How can an organization ensure that business processes will be minimally interrupted?” How can businesses ensure staff safety, customer safety, data backup plans or recover lost data after a crisis? What safeguards and safety procedures can they implement for their employees to ensure continuity?

True, Businesses may also face other business disruptions such as thunder strikes, network outages, revenue loss, data loss, security vulnerabilities and threats, and stifled productivity, to name a few, but then, we must note that several businesses will not recover from the lock down, especially those that are not fully operating as of yet including; schools, bars, tour companies among others. Nonetheless, this doesn’t have to happen when a proper business continuity plan is in place.

The business continuity plans should include emergency provisions for workers to work remotely, while at home, and the support systems, which will require the company to invest money and time in ensuring a smooth recovery process following any type of natural or man-made disaster.

As a matter of Continuity of business operations, businesses should Implement remote access infrastructure that is capable of supporting the entire workforce (Wi-Fi devices, and other gadgets). SMEs should ensure proper access to necessary resources at the office even when workers are working remotely. There is need to keep employees online by offering them data, training, support allowances, and constantly communicating with them which is pertinent.

As a matter of self-support, Workers should also plan in advance for a major disaster by establishing a comfortable and quiet space to work from home (a dedicated office is optimal; routine, periodic testing of remote access)

Indeed, all smart business managers must identify potential threats for their areas of business. The business continuity plan may apply to any number of scenarios in which the business could be disrupted, from power outages, to employee strikes, to cyber-attacks on computer networks, then the most recent COVID 19.
In addition to knowing the threats that could derail your operations, it’s important to walk through what will happen in the wake of such catastrophes. If you’re unprepared for this possibility, chances are you will end up paying the ransom in order to regain control of your business.
As a matter of recovery planning, a technical team must be created. Whether you hire say, an in-house risk management staff or you work with a third-party vendor, you are going to need a team in place that can bounce into action when a disaster strikes. This team could help to create your business continuity plan as well as implement it, should the need arise.
In a nutshell, while rehearsing the Business continuity plan, a solid plan will have to identify essential business functions and find ways to restore them in the event of a partial or complete shutdown. The goal is to have minimal disruption but continue the greater part of the business delivery lines with ease.
The writer is the General Manager – Commercial Banking at Centenary Bank.



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Zari reveals her boyfriend Shakib Cham’s age

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Zari finally reveals her boyfriend Shakib Cham’s age…

Classy socialite, Zari Hassan has come out to defend herself after facing heavy criticism, banter and trolls for making out with ‘younger boys’.

About a month ago, Zari left Netizens in wonderland after she was smoked out in a nightclub, grinding a young guy. It later came to light that she and Chap are not just friends but partners in passion.

She took to her Instagram page and confirmed their entanglement and told critics off!

“…I am free to do whatever I feel like. Life is too short. I gotta enjoy it as I’m supposed to,” the self-styled Boss Lady barks. Prior to this, she had just had a fling, GK Choppa, which ended as soon as the holy month Ramathan started.

READ MORE: Zari speaks out after video her grinding toy boy in night club surfaces

Our investigative Bazzinyi laid a strategy, specifically to uncover the identity of this lucky dude, drilling the tried and tested Zari’s honeypot.

Trust the dedicated Bazzinyi team! Within a short period of time, they had already gathered enough info about the chap.

Shakib Cham is the name of the guy, a Ugandan by Nationality, who was raised in the Kawempe slums. Apparently, Shakib’s work is to look good, smell nice, kwetega and smash loaded mamas. Numerous sources tip us that he is in his mid-20s.

However, Zari claims that Shakib is actually older than what is peddled on the social media streets. In a latest interview with a local media house, the mother-of-five trashed all the allegations that she’s molesting Shakib. She says he is a grown able-bodied chap, who is equipped with all the Zzina skills.

“Why are people mad tho? Shakib is 30. He just looks good…lol. I hear 18 year, 20 year old…molesting. Do they even know the meaning of molestation? Smh,” Zari blasted and vowed to continue making merry with her man.

Watch the two lovebirds making merry below:

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He is an old man that looks good

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Zari Hassan has revealed her new lover, Shakib Cham’s age following online slurs from critics claiming that she is molesting a teenager.

For about a month now, Ugandan socialite Zari Hassan has been back in the headlines following footage that went viral of her making out with a one Shakib Cham.

Shakib, a Ugandan city boy, is not the most popular and in efforts to know more about him, a few critics have revealed that he is a young boy raised in the Kawempe slums.



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Swangz Avenue launches Creative Academy

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Swangz Avenue launches Creative Academy

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Swangz Avenue, an audio-visual production company has launched a creative academy.

The Academy will offer courses in audio production, cinematography, digital video editing, live broadcast, script writing, and film production, among others.

With over 14 years of experience in producing audio and visual content, Swangz Avenue will skill young creative minds with an intent to build a bridge between basic school education and the creative industry professional world through a curriculum, which is both innovative and modular, under the tutelage of industry professionals to join the immense opportunities the creative industry has to offer.

Swangz Avenue launches Creative Academy

“The sector is heavily unskilled yet the demand for quality audio and visual production is at an all-time high. We believe this skilling initiative will make a significant leap at improving the quality of productions but most importantly create jobs,” says Julius Kyazze, the Head of Business at Swangz Avenue.

All courses will employ an 80% hands-on teaching technique with the rest being theoretical assessments.

The Swangz Creative Academy has started registration for the June entry with focus on the first two courses; Audio Production & Broadcast Production.

The Academy is certified by the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) under the Ministry of Education and Sports.

You can register here.





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