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April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by Dennis Wenk Advisory Solution Architect | Comments

Virtualization is blazing new trails and there is much uncertainty and confusion surrounding its benefit. While resiliency and continuity are not directly dependent upon virtualization, virtualization provides greater degrees of simplicity and a...


Your Board Will Care About Business Continuity

April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by Brian Zawada | Comments

A growing number of boards of directors, specifically audit committees, are taking an activist role in managing enterprise risk and mandating business continuity programs. With a view of the entire organization – its financial targets, stakehol...



April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by Jason Jackson | Comments

This session describes the key success factors and lessons learned by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in the management of both major crisis incidents (e.g. hurricane Katrina) and daily events. Most importantly, this presentation discusses engagements wit...


Business Continuity Management Program Requirements, Benchmarking Results, and Leading Practices

April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by Marty Plevel | Comments

Enterprises today are facing the challenges of building and sustaining a Business Continuity Management (BCM) Program that supports the resiliency and continuity of operations needs of their organization and interdependent stakeholders. In this...


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...


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...


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...


What Katrina Taught the Red Cross

April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by Kay W. Wilkins | Comments

The American Red Cross has helped people help their neighbors for 125 years. Last year, victims of a record 72,883 disasters turned to the nearly 1 million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross for help. Through more than 800 local ch...


Business Impact Analysis:

April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by Barry A. Cardoza | Comments

Some regulations have become more specific about stating what a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) must include. But they still don’t give any clear instruction regarding how to collect or analyze the BIA data. Neither do they describe what the fin...


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...


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...


Objectively Evaluate (and Potentially Overhaul) Your Program

April 22, 2007 8:00 pm | by Mark Armour | Comments

Chances are you have some kind of program in place, but does it just need tweaking, or does it require a serious overhaul? How do you build support for a program that was previously viewed as sub-par by clients and peers? Countrywide Financial C...


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...


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...


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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