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Are You Available?

Competition in the pharmaceutical industry has intensified over the past 12 months. Now more than ever companies must minimise IT downtime to stay ahead of the competition. This article explores the components of a global business availability programme.

For many years the pharmaceutical industry has had to ensure that buildings, facilities, data and employees are protected from everyday threats and more calculated sabotage risks. And as an industry, it is one of the leading examples of best practice for business continuity. But as global trading barriers have fallen and the 24-hour consumer and business society raises service expectations and demands, so the industry must reinvent its business continuity processes and adopt a web of contingency plans to protect disparate operations across the world.

Over the past 18 months, business continuity (BC) - the ability to keep business systems and processes operating at all times - has grabbed headlines. At home and abroad a number of incidents have increased awareness of BC, provoked government warnings, guidelines and new legislation across the globe. As a result, many organisations should have set the wheels in motion to review business continuity programmes.


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By Russell Flower, Strategy Director at Synstar
Russell Flower joined Synstar in 1993. He holds the newly created role of Strategy Director to assist Synstar in determining a short- to medium-term strategy to achieve corporate growth and enter new markets and service areas.

The role also covers developing the necessary marketing collateral, presentation material and cost models to fully enable successful business development of these strategies. This will ensure that each strategy is turned from thought into a delivered Synstar service across the pan-European network. Russell is based at Bracknell, in the UK.

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