Business disruption can happen any time, especially when you least expect it. That’s why it’s critical to have a business resilience plan in place.
“We define organizational resilience as the ability to maintain performance in the face of environmental, political, social, cyber, and other disruptions,” explains ServiceNow Chief Financial Officer Gina Mastantuono in the Workflow Quarterly Fall 2021 issue.
The issue details research by ServiceNow and ESI ThoughtLab that highlights the need for a resilience strategy in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis: Only 26% of US, 21% of Asia-Pacific, and 15% of European organizations ranked as resilience leaders, meaning they’ve taken 12 to 24 steps toward resilience maturity.
The majority of organizations across regions fall in the intermediate range, having taken six to 11 steps toward resilience maturity. Clearly, there’s still a lot of work to be done.
The benefits of business resilience
Organizations are implementing measures to bolster their resilience stance to reap such benefits as:
Half of the 1,080 senior business leader survey respondents are working to modernize their IT platforms and improve communications (see Figure 1). Others are focusing on resilience training and managing privacy risks.
Figure 1: Top steps being taken to improve resilience and manage risks now; source: ESI ThoughtLab
Returns vs. usage
Part of the hesitance in fully embracing a resilience strategy is uncertain return on investment. Organizations have to weigh investments in resilience efforts against potential outcomes and realized value. For example, although more than half (55%) of organizations are reaping returns from deploying tools that help them understand resilience, only 23% have deployed such tools (see Figure 2).
Similar gaps occur in other areas, the biggest of which is managing third-party risks: Half of survey respondents see the value of doing this, but only 15% have taken steps toward doing so. “What’s really needed is a high-level framework that focuses foremost on business resilience,” notes Tom Campanile, a partner at Ernst & Young, in reference to risk management.
Figure 2: Top resilience steps generating value vs. % taking steps; source: ESI ThoughtLab
Follow the leader
Perhaps the best approach toward a more robust resilience posture is following what resilience leaders are doing:
As organizations become more resilient, their benefits increase. Having a management team that’s committed to boosting resilience is key.
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