continuity planning in public sector

Got questions about continuity planning in the public sector? We’ve got answers

Continuity of operations is a vital part of surviving and thriving in a crisis. Keeping your systems and processes up and running leaves you better able to deal with the unexpected, redistribute resources to meet new demands, and prepare for further uncertainty.

In the public sector, continuity planning for crises and challenges means more than merely keeping the organization up and running. It can mean the difference between life and death for the people to whom you provide services.

As we’ve seen from recent events, a crisis can come in many forms and impose many demands on how, where, and when we all work. We’ve learned that trends in the digitization of work (like cloud computing and remote working) must be accelerated if we’re to meet crises head on without major disruptions.

But while it’s very easy to say we must all adopt cloud solutions and switch to working from home, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done to get most public sector organizations to the point where this is possible. Digital transformation efforts lag behind in the public sector. It’s therefore essential to start planning for every eventuality to ensure you have the flexibility, resources, and systems in place to allow your people to keep working under even the most extreme and divergent of circumstances.

This is particularly true for financial leaders. It’s likely that your organization is currently being asked to transform at a faster rate than ever. Your department is being called upon to find the resources that will allow a full-scale upgrade of technological infrastructure.

And in an environment where you’re likely being asked to fulfil your mission with continuously diminishing resources, you’ll need to carefully select the planning, analysis, and administrative software platforms that form the backbone of your organization.

Far from simply being calculation tools or databases for information, modern ERP and planning software is capable of fundamentally altering the way you do business. From providing a foundation to your financial and budgetary efficiency by expediting the reporting process and ensuring accuracy. To simplifying workflows by automating redundant low-level tasks. To ensuring greater fiscal control by predicting spending pattern based on current and historical data, and alerting the necessary leaders to any overspend potential with a high degree of accuracy.

To help you understand the importance of your choices and what you should expect your software to deliver for your organization and your people, we’ve partnered with Ventana Research to create a Q&A for the use of enterprise software in public sector continuity planning.

For this piece, we’ve asked SVP and Research Director Robert Kugel – an expert in the application of IT resources to financial process optimization – to answer some questions on how the public sector can better prepare to meet the challenges of today’s changing world. 

It covers everything from contextualising the challenges public sector finance leaders face in preparing their organization for uncertain futures and unforeseeable scenarios. The power of technology to make this seemingly impossible task possible. And the steps you’ll need to take to get your people on board with the changes coming for the organization and they’ll have to make to their working processes in order to ensure success.

Planning for Continuity in the Public Sector