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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

How Old is Too Old? A Look at Today's Data Center

April 30, 2007 8:00 pm | by Steven Harris | Comments

Some recent industry estimates have placed the average age of a data center in the U.S. at approximately 17 years. That's right, 17 years old. Seventeen years ago, George Bush (#41) was president, the mainframe was still king, and the server/laptop phenomenon had yet to catch fire. Add to that the fact that a data center initially opened in 1990 was likely conceived and designed almost two full years earlier, using the design standards and forward thinking common in 1988. And some data centers in this country are even older! Data centers designed more than 15 to 20 years ago contain a number of infrastructure design elements that typically present constraints in today's demanding IT environment.


Reaping the Rewards of Information Availability

April 30, 2007 8:00 pm | by Bill Hammond | Comments

Executives are tasked more than ever with running businesses that must operate around the clock. Every company is facing the onslaught of global economic volatility, fierce competition, customer churn, waves of regulatory compliance issues, and rising security concerns that add to the information availability issues.


Enterprise Risk Management:

April 24, 2007 8:00 pm | by Tom Wagner | Comments

The session discusses the future of the business continuity professional, whose role is expanding and evolving into analyzing all organizational and operational risks through Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) techniques. Gartner will explain how ...


Crisis Management Ownership

April 24, 2007 8:00 pm | by Judith Walker | Comments

In many organizations, crisis management has become a critical component of an organization’s risk management plan that is used to depict trends and, in many cases, drive organizational operations and behavior. Crisis management has become much ...


How to Talk to Your CEO About BCP

April 24, 2007 8:00 pm | by Donald Byrne | Comments

One of the first recommendations presented in every course on business continuity planning (BCP) is to secure senior management support for the program. Unfortunately, the same people who are recommending that you go and talk to senior managemen...


Shared Threats Require a Shared Response

April 24, 2007 8:00 pm | by Robert B. Schmidt | Comments

The difficulties that surround public/private information sharing efforts revolve around non-trivial issues of trust. There are several trust and performance issues that impede effective public/private information sharing: 1) The private sector ...


Securing the Facility after a Disaster:

April 24, 2007 8:00 pm | by Lorraine Motola | Comments

Help influence the need for an industry standard for disaster management planning and the effective collaboration between the public and private sectors. This session is presented from a facility, operational, security and legal perspective and ...


The Secret to Overcoming Communications Roadblocks

April 24, 2007 8:00 pm | by Shirley Ono | Comments

How confident are you that the communications processes you have chosen will really work when a disaster strikes? Where do most failures occur? What are the ways to identify those weaknesses in your plans now? How many different kinds of comm...


Conducting the Perfect Tabletop Exercise

April 24, 2007 8:00 pm | by Rich Schiesser | Comments

How many times has this happened to you? You prepare for weeks to conduct or participate in what you hope to be a successful tabletop exercise, and on the day of the exercise everything goes wrong. Attendees show up late or not at all. Your scen...


From Expense to Asset: A Re-Examination of Continuity Plans and Their Value

April 24, 2007 8:00 pm | by Aaron Miller | Comments

Continuity programs are an accounting expense today. For that reason, the resources for their preparation and maintenance are often minimized. This session will address the value proposition of effective continuity programs. It will show how an ...


Small and Medium-Sized Continuity in Katrina:

April 24, 2007 8:00 pm | by Cherie Courseault Trumbach | Comments

There is no shortage of advice on Disaster Planning and Recovery. However, there is little research to determine which factors are the most important. The presentation reports on results from a survey of small and medium-sized businesses in the ...


Making the Business Case for Resilience

April 23, 2007 8:00 pm | by Steven Ross | Comments

Summary: Many companies today are going beyond recoverability to enable themselves to continue operations seamlessly should there be a local disruption. This implies IT and communications resilience and also means that companies must adjust the ...


Critical Success Factors in a Complex BCP Development Environment

April 23, 2007 8:00 pm | by Don Groth | Comments

The development of business continuity plans in any organization can be a challenge. This case study looks at the successful development of business continuity plans at a complex medical system. The system includes a large 414-bed academic medic...


Surefire Risk Management Project Implementation

April 23, 2007 8:00 pm | by Irene Rozansky | Comments

Want a sure-fire way to create and implement a risk management project? Then attend this session. Organizations must understand and effectively manage risk as they develop and execute strategies to achieve business resilience. Creating an effect...


Are You Really Ready to Lead During a Crisis?

April 23, 2007 8:00 pm | by Bruce T. Blythe | Comments

At the heart of any crisis response are strategic decisions that will serve as “defining moments.” These strategic decisions have the critical power to bring you and your organization swiftly toward successful resolution, or they can spiral you ...



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