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Adams and Reese: A Leading Gulf Coast Law Firm Shares its Hurricane Story

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

We have anticipated this homecoming for two months," says Charles "Chuck" P. Adams, Jr., managing partner. "Our New Orleans attorneys and staff are anxious to return home - to the people, sights and sounds of New Orleans." According to Adams, the firm's "regional footprint," supported by a detailed business recovery plan encompassing communications, technology and human resources, allowed it to continue operations following Hurricane Katrina, almost without interruption.

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Hurricane Katrina: Industry Perspective on the Immediate Aftermath

August 31, 2005 8:00 pm | by Buffy Rojas Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Despite the devastation and loss, something good came out of Hurricane Katrina. In the days following the disaster, business continuity was being covered and taken seriously by mainstream media. You may have seen John Copenhaver of DRI International on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, and CSPAN. 

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At ABN AMRO Communication is the Key to BCP

August 31, 2005 8:00 pm | by Buffy Rojas Editor-in-Chief | Comments

ABN AMRO is an international bank with European roots and a clear focus on consumer and commercial banking. ABN AMRO's business continuity plans have a clear focus on communicating in a crisis. Jack Smith, first vice president of business continuity and crisis management, has been with the ABN AMRO business continuity team for five years. Smith spent the previous eight years in the company's IT department. According to Smith, the switch was a natural transition. I was always involved in technology and was asked to help out with the Y2K project, he says. As that was winding down, I moved on to business continuity. Smith and the business continuity team are responsible for the company's North American operations, which are headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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Putting Plans to the Test

August 31, 2005 8:00 pm | by Kate Debevois | Comments

In the quest for quicker recovery times, continuous availability, and resilient infrastructures, companies are working to conduct more realistic business continuity and disaster recovery audits, tabletop tests, and full-scale drills. Here's what's happening at Vanguard.

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What Every Business Executive Should Know About Insurance

August 31, 2005 8:00 pm | by John W. Marini | Comments

No one expects a disaster to happen to them. Yet if one does, would your company survive? Gartner Group estimates that 43 percent of businesses fail within five years following a major disaster and 29 percent fail within the first two to four months.

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Rolling Out Business Continuity Planning to Manufacturing Environments

August 31, 2005 8:00 pm | by Michael Keating | Comments

There is no doubt the business continuity and disaster recovery field cut its teeth in the technology world, principally in white collar environments. Banks and other financial institutions have led the way, and more recently insurance companies, call centers, and  outsourcers have participated in business continuity planning in far greater numbers than the manufacturing sector.

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Evaluating Your Career in Business Continuity

August 31, 2005 8:00 pm | by Chris Worton | Comments

Recent events-ranging from natural disasters to terrorism-mean that the visibility of business continuity has never been greater. Opportunities for business continuity professionals have increased dramatically, but competition for jobs is also on the rise. What can an individual do to get a leg up on the competition and advance his or her career?

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Making The Case For Continuity

June 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Bob Fuhr | Comments

Carlisle, Richardson, and O'Neill are the historic spirits of today's continuity professional. Like them, we find ourselves pitted against human nature. While most people might accept that bad things can happen, few believe they actually will. That leaves us with a daunting task. How do we convince people to divert time and resources away from concerns they see as central to their success to prepare for something they do not believe will happen?

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Tsunami: The Emerging Threat of 2005

June 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Kate Debevois | Comments

While the world watches Indian Ocean tsunami survivors continue to rebuild and provides aid to ease the burden, BCP managers are also taking action. Increasing reports warning that 50-foot tsunamis could hit Southern California and 80-foot tsunamis could wash away the coastline from New York to Florida sparked interest and corporate awareness. Since the June 14 tsunami warning in the Pacific Northwest, more companies and government agencies along the coast are working to distribute pamphlets, install beach sirens, and update or install early warning systems.

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Business Continuity - Where's The Access

June 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Steve Kaplan | Comments

Business Continuity should be designed as an integral part of an organization's migration to access infrastructure. Planning for access significantly reduces the complexity and cost of implementing a business continuity solution while elevating the probability of its success.

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Organizational Crisis Management: The Human Factor

June 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Gerald Lewis | Comments

Is it necessary for professionals working in the field to expand the concept of organizational continuity to not only include but to prioritize the human factor. Many crisis managers and organizational planners have learned by experience that it is often easier to recover IT than to recover HT.

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Continuity Planning Dilemmas: Fatalism Versus Precaution

June 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Mark Jablonowski | Comments

The bigger the risk, the harder it is to plan to deal with it. BCP is most difficult for hazards that can cause effects that are terminal, irreversible, and present the greatest peril to s-as individuals, corporations, communities, or society at large. The very size and potential of these major risks is compelling, yet we remain strangely powerless when actually faced with them.

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Nextel: Always Ready for What's Next

June 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Kevin C. Miller | Comments

Grappling with problems is part of Lou DiSerafino's nature. A former collegiate All American wrestler at Rider University (Lawrenceville, NJ), DiSerafino now heads up the day-to-day business continuity efforts at one of the world's leading wireless communications companies.

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Schneider National Keeps on Trucking

June 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Buffy Rojas Editor-in-Chief | Comments

In 1935, Schneider National was founded by A.J. "Al" Schneider with the proceeds from the sale of his family car. Three years later the company's offices were moved to a former stable. Fast forward 20 years to 1958, when Schneider made its first interstate shipment for Procter & Gamble from a P&G plant in Green Bay, WI. to another P&G facility in Cheboygan, MI.

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Creating Metrics to Trace Your DR Readiness

May 17, 2005 8:00 pm | Comments

Traditional thinking maintains that the greater the distance in time from our last BC/DR test, the harder our recovery will be. It is often that period between tests/exercises where many companies are most vulnerable or uncertain how ready the...

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