LONDON, UK – Steria, a leading provider of IT-enabled business services, has been named Tesco Supplier of the Year 2014 for IT Service and Support.
Steria won the award due to its outstanding performance in developing and supporting Tesco’s mission-critical IT systems over many years. Additionally, Steria employees have built strong working relations alongside Tesco staff, leading to a highly collaborative and productive working environment. The industry accolade was presented to Steria by Mike McNamara, Tesco’s Chief Information Officer, at the retailer’s annual Supplier Briefing Day.
Steria’s account team was presented with the award in front of an audience which included Tesco directors and supplier representatives. Announcing the winner, Mike McNamara declared that Steria was one of Tesco’s longest-standing and most trusted partners due to their continuing excellent contribution to Tesco Technology.
Steria continues to develop and support Tesco’s mission-critical distribution and replenishment systems, which deliver stock, including fresh produce, into shops and into the hands of customers every day. These are the systems that sit at the very heart of the UK’s market leading retailer’s operations.
Mike McNamara said, “Tesco relies on its partners to provide the same level of capability, flexibility and commitment that we deliver in-house. Steria has demonstrated those qualities time and again, over many years, and this award illustrates our recognition of their value to Tesco.”
Gavin Chapman, Chief Operating Officer, Steria UK, said, “Steria is proud of its long-standing partnership with Tesco. This award recognises that Steria has expertise and knowledge of IT systems and processes that help retailers deliver mission-critical services for their customers. Today’s announcement sends out a strong message to market that we can add real value to retailers operating in today’s fast changing, highly competitive retail environment.”
The Business Continuity Institute is pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for the BCI World Conference and Exhibition will be Prof Steve Peters – consultant psychiatrist, bestselling author and Head of Sports Psychology at UK Athletics. In addition to his extraordinary success with British cycling, he has also worked on twelve other Olympic disciplines as well as English Premier League football and the English rugby and football teams.
Beginning his career as a maths teacher, Prof Peters then switched to medicine and specialised in patients with severe and dangerous personality disorders. His focus is now on how the mind can enable people to reach optimum performance in all walks of life. Working with sportspeople at the top of their game, he gives them the confidence to come back from defeat and out-perform the opposition.
Prof Peters has been described as a "genius" by Team GB cycling coach Dave Brailsford and many decorated Olympians such as Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Bradley Wiggins have all attributed their success to him.
In his keynote speech, Prof Peters will explain his method to help us understand and control what he describes as our 'inner chimp' – the irrational, impulsive, seemingly impossible part of our mind that often holds us back. Examining motivation, confidence and communication, he will show that competition is as much in the mind as it is in the field or on the track – or in the office.
Find out more about the BCI World Conference and Exhibition on the 5th and 6th November at the London Olympia by visiting the BCI website.
Yesterday, I blogged about the Desktop Risk Assessment. I received so many comments and views about the post, I was inspired to put together a longer post on the topic of risk assessments more generally. Of course I got carried away so today, I will begin a three-part series on risk assessments. In today’s post I will review the legal and conceptual underpinnings of a risk assessment. Over the next couple of days, I will review the techniques you can use to perform a risk assessment and end with a discussion of what to do with the information that you have gleaned in a risk assessment for your compliance program going forward.
One cannot really say enough about risk assessments in the context of anti-corruption programs. Since at least 1999, in the Metcalf & Eddy enforcement action, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has said that risk assessments that measure the likelihood and severity of possible Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations identifies how you should direct your resources to manage these risks. The FCPA Guidance stated it succinctly when it said, “Assessment of risk is fundamental to developing a strong compliance program, and is another factor DOJ and SEC evaluate when assessing a company’s compliance program.” The UK Bribery Act has a similar view. In Principal I of the Six Principals of an Adequate Compliance program, it states, “The commercial organisation regularly and comprehensively assesses the nature and extent of the risks relating to bribery to which it is exposed.” In other words, risk assessments have been around and even mandated for a long time and their use has not lessened in importance. The British have a way with words, even when discussing compliance, and Principal I of the Six Principals of an Adequate Compliance program says that your risk assessment should inform your compliance program.
Your data backups are there to help you recover information, applications and files if required, hopefully both effectively and efficiently. But they and any archiving you do may also be there for external parties to use as a result of e-discovery. That’s the retrieval of electronically stored information (ESI) for use in legal proceedings involving your organisation. The US has led the way in this field, defining ESI as any information that is “created, stored, or best used with any kind of computer technology”. Now in Australia, all court dealings above a certain size must be conducted completely digitally. But is e-discovery good news or bad news for legal rulings and ultimately business continuity?
In our haste to cover all the high-level strategies that may be needed to respond to a business disruption, Business Continuity Plans often miss critical details that can mean the difference between success and failure – especially when time is a major factor.
Many BCP’s have a strategy for “Loss of Building”. That strategy may include moving critical employees from the most crucial business processes to alternate sites – either internal (another of the organization’s facilities in a different geographical location) or external (at a 3rd party “Workspace” that can be made ready to accommodate those employee’s technology requirements).
All good; and logical – but perhaps missing some critical information.
A state of emergency was declared in California yesterday by Gov. Edmund G. Brown due to the effects of a 6.1 magnitude earthquake that rocked the Napa Valley area in northern California. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that economic losses from the quake could top $1 billion and said there is a 54% likelihood of another large quake, magnitude 5 or higher, within the next week.
As of 4:15 p.m. Sunday, six aftershocks had been reported, four centered near Napa, ranging 2.5 to 3.6 magnitude. Two others, a 2.8 and a 2.6 were reported near American Canyon, according to the USGS.
The Napa quake is the largest in the Bay Area since the 1989 Loma Prieta quake, which was magnitude 6.9. That quake resulted in $1.8 billion in insured claims (in 2013 dollars) being paid to policyholders, said Robert Hartwig, Ph.D., president of the Insurance Information Institute.
(MCT) — Ten seconds before the earth rumbled in a UC Berkeley lab early Sunday morning, an alarm started blaring — and an ominous countdown warned that a temblor centered near Napa was moments away.
"Earthquake! Earthquake!" it cautioned, after a quick series of alarms. "Light shaking expected in three seconds."
The successful alert was the biggest test yet in the Bay Area for a type of earthquake early warning system that's not yet available to the public in the U.S. but already is providing precious seconds of notice before quakes hit in Mexico and Japan.
The ShakeAlert system — a collaboration between Cal, Caltech, the University of Washington and the U.S. Geological Survey — could one day stop elevators, control utilities and alert motorists of an impending natural disaster. But before it is reliable enough to launch throughout the West Coast, the system needs about $80 million in equipment, software and other seismic infrastructure upgrades.
(MCT) — City officials in Napa had long worried that the grand building on the corner of Second and Brown streets — with its brick walls and giant red-tiled cupolas — could be devastated by a major earthquake.
So city officials required brick structures such as the landmark Alexandria Square building to get seismic retrofitting — bolting brick walls to ceilings and floors to make them stronger. The work was completed years ago on the 104-year-old property.
But when a 6.0 earthquake struck Sunday morning, the walls on the top floors crumbled, showering brick and mortar onto the sidewalk and outdoor café.
The destruction highlights one of the greatest fears of seismic engineers — that the retrofitting of unreinforced masonry buildings still leaves weak joints between bricks. Whole chunks can fall, sending bricks crashing down.
One day after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the San Francisco/Napa area of California, the Northern California Seismic System (NCSS) says there is a 29 percent probability of a strong and possibly damaging aftershock in the next seven days and a small chance (5 to 10 percent probability) of an earthquake of equal or larger magnitude.
The NCSS, operated by UC Berkeley and USGS, added that approximately 12 to 40 small aftershocks are expected in the same seven-day period and may be felt locally.
As a rule of thumb, a magnitude 6.0 quake may have aftershocks up to 10 to 20 miles away, the NCSS added.