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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

The Real “ROI” for BCP

April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by John M. Stagl | Comments

 For some time now we in the business continuity profession have read and heard countless dissertations on how to develop and calculate a positive return on investment (ROI) to justify the business continuity planning effort within our comp...

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BCP: The Next Generation

April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by Gerald Lewis | Comments

Business continuity, while no longer in it's infancy, has certainly not attained a level of full maturity. Most practitioners have journeyed from a myriad of jobs and educations to arrive in their current position. No one went to college and maj...

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Integrated Crisis Management:

April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by Kristen Hartwigsen | Comments

The fastest sprinters are not always the best on a relay team. Why? A relay relies on an integrated strategy, a series of practiced hand-offs, in order to be successful. In many organizations, public and private, one of the biggest obstacles to ...

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260 Plans in 260 Days!

April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by Angela R. Wolverton | Comments

This session will explore how Educational testing Service (ETS) implemented a methodology for building enterprise resiliency plans – a project currently being undertaken at ETS. This session will share ETS’ experiences with and results of develo...

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Crisis Management -

April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by Ian M. Steinberg Global Crisis Management Expert | Comments

As organizations continue to face a growing number of threats, they are beginning to realize the costly, far-reaching impacts on their people, their customers, their operations, their economic base and their day to day lives of either not being ...

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Making High Availability and Recoverability Predictable!

April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by Joe Flach Vice President | Comments

What is the definition of High Availability (HA)? If you have HA, does it eliminate the need for recovery or simply make recovery more predictable? Well, the answer is maybe! There are a number of definitions found on the Web for High Availa...

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Continuity Challenges at Higher Education Institutions

April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by Brendan McCluskey | Comments

Higher education administration is a mix of operations and academic departments, with the former dedicated to running the institution, while the latter attends to education, and where applicable, research and other intellectual pursuits. Academi...

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BCP Gumbo:

April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by Doug Sievers | Comments

Business continuity professionals often struggle to develop effective plan templates. Many develop their plans over the course of years, through trial and error, adding and subtracting, until finally arriving at plan documents that seem to addre...

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Making Sense of Measurement Methods

April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by Adam Levison Senior Vice President | Comments

Measuring program effectiveness includes a number of critical activities, among them quality control, budget justification, staffing adjustments, continuous improvement, return on investment, and risk management (to name a few). This session wi...

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Ready or Not? Identifying (And Filling) Critical Gaps in Private Sector Disaster Preparedness

April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by Harrison Lobdell | Comments

Five years after the attacks of 9/11 and a year after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, disaster preparedness is both a buzzword and a household word. But are we truly prepared for a large-scale disaster? A recent survey shows that while most compani...

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Professional Development: Retaining Your Most Valuable Resource

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by Cheyene Haase | Comments

Retaining valuable business continuity personnel is essential to every program. In today's competitive employment market, hiring managers struggle to identify and recruit the best talent. Figuring out how to keep them should be one of your top priorities.

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Continuity Trends: The Migration to Resiliency

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by John Jackson | Comments

I define resiliency as the integration of disaster recovery, business continuity, security, and production high availability. When the industry got its start in the late 1970s, disaster recovery was the responsibility of the data center manager and/or the systems software manager. Many of us got our start in continuity in that way; I know I did.

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Final Thoughts: This New Column Is a Great Idea!

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by Brian Zawada | Comments

Starting in the July/August issue of Continuity Insights magazine, Editorial Advisory Board member Brian Zawada will be hosting a column titled "Great Ideas". The column will spotlight key issues facing our industry, and most importantly, proven, effective and creative solutions employed by organizations that have successfully eliminated these challenges.

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Final Thoughts: A Message to Garcia

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by Tony Alexiou | Comments

In the 1899 classic, A Message to Garcia, Elbert Hubbard described the travails of Rowan, a soldier with the United States Army during the Spanish-American War. Rowan is tasked by President McKinley to deliver a message to General Garcia who is somewhere on the island of Cuba. After an arduous and danger-filled three-week journey, Rowan does in fact deliver the message and re-emerges on the other side of the island a success.

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Guest Editorial: A Safety Policy by Any Other Name...

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by Gerald Lewis | Comments

Since World War II, numerous changes in the workplace have resulted from policies seeking to increase safety. Initially, it was physical safety in an effort to cut down on accidents and injuries. Safety harnesses, steel-toed boots, hard hats, and other equipment migrated into the work environment with dramatic effect. At first, safety equipment was voluntary, but rapidly it became mandatory.

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