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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

A Results-Driven Approach to Business Resilience

May 7, 2006 8:00 pm | by George Andrews | Comments

Business executives want a business resilience program that is managed well and they want to know where the program is headed. The program should answer key questions for executives, including: How resilient are my critical business processes? H...

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FSTC Resiliency Maturity Model, A Process Improvement and Measurement Tool

May 7, 2006 8:00 pm | by Charles Wallen | Comments

This session will discuss a project currently being undertaken by the Financial Services Technology Consortium and the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. These groups aim to define a Resiliency Maturity Model (RMM) fra...

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BCP’s Big Secret? It’s Powerful and Cool

May 7, 2006 8:00 pm | by Randy MacCleary | Comments

The presentation will describe the evolution of power and cooling strategies and trends significant to business continuity planning. Included are real-world examples of how IT and business continuity professionals can assess their network protec...

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2006 Hurricane Season Outlook - Another Active Season

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

The 2006 hurricane season is upon us, and hurricane-weary Florida and Gulf Coast residents are frightened at what the season will bring. Many are not prepared for even a tropical storm, much less another hurricane.

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Continuity Insights Management Conference Triumphs in New Orleans

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Continuity Insights Staff | Comments

The Continuity Insights Management Conference is a one-of-a-kind industry event. Nowhere else will you find such an experienced group of attendees along with quality sessions and speakers delivering information well beyond the basics.

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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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