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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

What is Workforce Continuity

August 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by Buffy Rojas Editor-in-Chief | Comments

The resulting paper reports figures consistent with other industry surveys. Nearly 70 percent of organizations have a business continuity plan, and about the same amount feel prepared or very prepared to recover their data centers. But while nearly 100 percent of respondents said it was very important or important to be able to recover their workforces, only 25 percent of feel that they are very prepared to do so.

Constellation Energy Exemplifies Planning Excellence

August 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by Buffy Rojas Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Constellation Energy's (CE) enterprise-wide business continuity program (BCP) is a dynamic program that is truly part of the corporate culture. From the chairman's office to the board of directors (who are updated annually), BCP has strong support and sponsorship from all of senior management. That kind of senior level support can be tough to find. But according to Director of Business Continuity Bob Cornelius, CE's CEO actually came looking for him.


ORECK. How A Small Company Is Meeting BIG Continuity Challenges

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

ORECK may be a household word, but it's still a fairly small, family-owned, family-run company. When ORECK was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, it's family focus, with emphasis on trust and responsibility, brought the company from the brink of disaster back to continued business success.


Planning For People Recovery

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Bill Beattie | Comments

Business continuity planning began with technology people recognizing the need to plan to recover technology. While we've progressed beyond that in our profession, we still haven't reached the point where we plan for full business recovery.

Who Is the Business Continuity Professional

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Allison Baker | Comments

As vulnerabilities and risks rose, the public became more aware of the business continuity industry and now may even have some faint idea of what a business continuity professional does. Threats such as Y2K, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and fear of pandemics put business continuity on the media's - and therefore the public's - map. Business continuity professional even recently made it into's list of "7 trendy new jobs". 


The Business Continuity Program Puzzle

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Kathy Lee Patterson, Ken Frantz, and John Kelly | Comments

Senior executives want the best for the organization; theywant to understand  the  technology underpinning itssuccess. They understand you know your business, butthey often don't quite understand how what you do fits into the organization's global view. DR/BC professionals tend to work too deep in the trenches to sufficiently bridge the gap between redundancy and fiscal responsibility.


Disaster Recovery Services: Old School Is New Again

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Kate Debevois | Comments

Business Continuity, resiliency, high-availability, zero acceptable downtime those are the industry buzzwords and watchwords of today. But what about disaster recovery? While the phrase may scream "old timer", disasters do still happen and you still need to be ready to revover if your plans fail or are overwhelmed.



May 9, 2006 8:00 pm | by Matt Moyer CBCP, PMP, Business Continuity Planner | Comments

As we have seen, particularly over the last several years, hurricanes can be some of the worst natural disasters. The one advantage continuity planners have in dealing with hurricanes over other natural and manmade disasters is that we have adva...


Evolution of an Integrated Crisis Management Program at UPS (Case Study)

May 9, 2006 8:00 pm | by Jack McKlveen | Comments

Effective business continuity is critical for an organization to survive incidents that threaten its ability to make products, provide services or otherwise conduct business. During a major incident, business continuity plans will be executed as...


Avoiding Disaster in Mission-Critical Facilities:

May 9, 2006 8:00 pm | by Joe Soroka | Comments

Infrastructure failure and human error are the two leading, yet preventable causes of downtime in mission-critical facilities. However, organizations continue to spend a disproportionate amount of their information technology (IT) budgets on dis...


Crisis Management Communications Lessons Learned

May 9, 2006 8:00 pm | by Paul Sullivan | Comments

This year’s record-breaking hurricane season showed that crisis communication planning is critical. Events also reinforced that a vital records program that keeps both paper and electronic documents accessible is crucial. This session will show ...


Going Mobile:

May 9, 2006 8:00 pm | by Chuck Wachter | Comments

Mobile recovery is a fast-growing and evolving segment of today’s continuity market. A mobile solution recovers not only immediate business continuity needs, but reduces the impact on employees. This session will explore how mobile recovery work...


Insurance Assurance: Understanding How Insurance Impacts BCP

May 9, 2006 8:00 pm | by John W. Marini | Comments

The BCP professional’s task is to ensure uninterrupted operations, with the ultimate goal of protecting the organization from financial loss. The risk manager or insurance professional’s goal is also to ensure a full financial recovery. It’s app...


BCP ROI Considerations

May 9, 2006 8:00 pm | by Monica Goldstein | Comments

Technology projects often require that the return on investment (ROI) be determined prior to receiving the necessary approvals to go forward. Although business continuity planning has moved out of the arena of being just an IT initiative, its co...


Bracing for More Hurricane Fury

May 9, 2006 8:00 pm | by Chris Hebert | Comments

The 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons brought a series of particularly devastating storms to the U.S. Gulf and East Coasts, and we predict the recent increase in storm activity will continue for the next 10 to 20 years. The devastation wrought by ...


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