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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Exploring Lessons and Trends in Continuity

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by John Jackson | Comments

Welcome to a regular series of articles focused on lessons learned and major trends that are shaping the business continuity industry. I have spent the majority of my 30-plus year career on the vendor side, primarily with Comdisco and IBM, and I have also spent time as a manufacturing company data center and systems software manager.

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Professional Development: What Are You Worth?

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Chris Worton | Comments

Wondering what a business continuity professional is worth? Well, here's the answer: More than ever before. Over the past year,BCP salaries were up more than 5 percent for full time  employees  and 12 percent for  consultants compared to the previous year.

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Surviving Business Disruptions

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Ted Collins | Comments

This  construction  firm  acted as  the prime contractor on numerous buildings. Headquartered in Cincinnati, OH with satellite offices throughout the Midwest, the company specialized in Class B office buildings as well as warehouse construction. In addition to its 1,000-plus employees, the firm worked with countless subcontractors for concrete and steel work, etc.

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Virtually Painless Disaster Recovery

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Steve Kaplan | Comments

The disaster recovery department of one of the largest U.S.  banks  has  some  very colorful charts that specify the following:24-hour recovery for their "A" applications, 48-hour recovery for their "B" applications, 72-hour recovery for their "C" applications, and so on.

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The BCP Anthema:Maintenance and Testing

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by George Kibildis | Comments

Let's face it: most business managers do not regard maintaining and testing their BCP program as a joyous event. It is more like an anathema, or an abominable curse, for most of them. Despite the reluctance of business managers to devote precious time and energy to their BCP program, business continuity managers must sell to business managers the importance of maintaining and testing their recovery programs.

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Gemstar-TV Guide: BCP Hollywood Style

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Buffy Rojas Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Beyond listing television programming, Gemstar-TV Guide runs its own TV network, and even takes wagers on horseracing. Here's how this household name stays up and running no matter what.

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Incident Management Planning: Assessing a Workplace Violence Incident Management Plan

February 28, 2006 7:00 pm | by Albert J. Marcella | Comments

This article focuses on the topic of workplace violence, the assessment of an organization’s incident management plan, and the critical role placed upon an effective incident management plan to successfully address such an occurrence within an organization.

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Continuity Insights/KPMG BCM Benchmarking Study

February 28, 2006 7:00 pm | by Continuity Insights Staff | Comments

Business continuity management programs developed and managed  by U.S.companies that participated in the 2006 Continuity  Insights and  KPMG  LLP Business Continuity Management Benchmarking Study continue to transform and mature, according to recent survey results. But results also show that business continuity still has not become a strategic part of corporate plans.

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WalMart: Beyond Business Continuity Basics

February 28, 2006 7:00 pm | by Buffy Rojas Editor-in-Chief | Comments

It’s a big operation with a lot of moving parts.” That’s how Jason Jackson, Wal-Mart’s director of emergency management, describes his team. It’s also a great description of his employer. Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, is everywhere. And everywhere is exactly where Jackson and his team have to be.

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IP Communications Is Transforming Business Continuity Planning

February 28, 2006 7:00 pm | by Michael Croy and Richard Zimmerman | Comments

Frequent news headlines are increasing awareness about the need for disaster recovery and business continuity planning. However, the idea of investing today to protect against potential business interruptions in the future can still be a hard sell in the face of tight budgets and the demand for concrete, short-term results.

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Is Outsourcing Safe for Your Business

December 31, 2005 7:00 pm | by Brian Delle Donne | Comments

Outsourcing is an irreversible mega trend that will continue to grow. In fact, research firm Gartner, Inc. (Stamford, CT) has predicted that more than 40 percent of Fortune500 U.S. firms will be outsourcing IT services through a global delivery model by the end of 2004. Analysts at research firm Meta Group, Inc. (Stamford, CT) have  predicted that as much as 40 percent of production support  may be managed offshore in the next several years.

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Avian Flu: Preparing Your Business for a Potential Pandemic

December 31, 2005 7:00 pm | by Gary Lynch | Comments

The last influenza pandemic occurred less than 40 years ago, but 1968 might as well have been the Jurassic Age in terms of how business, and corporate responsibility, has evolved since.With today's instant communications, supply chains spanning the world, and armies of corporate expatriates, the modern global entity, unfortunately, cannot learn much from how companies responded back then.

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Starwood Hotels and Resorts: Coming Back From Katrina Even Better than Before

December 31, 2005 7:00 pm | by Buffy Rojas Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Every organization’s business continuity plans include some type of executive team, typically consisting of C-level players andother corporate big guns. But it’s not often that you see an executive crisis management team that includes an executive chef.

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2005 Industry Year In Review

December 31, 2005 7:00 pm | by Continuity Insights Staff | Comments

Looking back, 2005 is a year that is certainly going to go down in the history books," says John Copenhaver of DRI Inter-national. "It has been the year that Mother Nature has truly shown what she is capable of - from tsunamis to the hurricanes to massive earthquakes. It was a devastating year."

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The Impact of Corporate Culture on Continuity

October 31, 2005 7:00 pm | by Brian Zawada | Comments

Corporate culture has a direct influence on the success of a continuity program. Culture impacts strategy design, maturity modeling, risk tolerance, continuity solutions, and tactical implementation. Each organization's culture is unique, which requires unique solutions with unique methods of execution.

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