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Hooroo: It’s Australian For Goodbye

February 26, 2013 1:36 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Blogs | Comments

After a short but sweet two years in the role of editor at Continuity Insights I’ve decided to resign from my position in order to pursue new challenges. Working in this role has been incredibly rewarding, but when life presents opportunities we are forced to make these tough decisions.

Benefits of Changing Conventional Thinking

October 31, 2010 8:00 pm | by Larry Heck CBCP | Articles | Comments

In our business continuity/disaster recovery world, we often are caught up in a “one-size-fits-...

Maximize Your Return on Investment

September 12, 2010 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Companies are putting ever-more emphasis on return-based decision making. Learn three basic ways to...

A Little Practical Advice

October 31, 2009 8:00 pm | by Kelley Okolita | Articles | Comments

You have to ask if they are serious about being recoverable or whether they just want to meet an...

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Let's Make a Difference Today

April 30, 2009 8:00 pm | by Mike Jennings Mgr. of Technology Tisk Management Services | Articles | Comments

Let's Make a Difference Today The bright sun was rising over another beautiful Arizona morning as the Continuity Cares volunteers piled into the vans that would take us to Saint Peter?s Indian Mission School, the site of this year?s volunteer effort. Bolstered by coffee and Red Bull, we spoke about the day, each of us wondering what it might bring.

Business Continuity Hits Hard Times

December 31, 2008 7:00 pm | by Jim Mitchell Director of Professional Services | Articles | Comments

In fact, the need for preparedness is greater in times of economic uncertainty. When an organization is flush, a “little” disruption (product recall, computer outage, customer service faux pas) might be shrugged off. However, in tough times that little disruption could be the camel-breaking straw.

Final Thoughts: RTOs, RPOs, and RTAs

August 31, 2008 8:00 pm | by Ted Brown | Articles | Comments

The Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII) defines RTOs and RPOs as follows: Recovery Point Objective (RPO): The point in time at which data must be restored in order to resume processing transactions. Recovery Time Objective (RTO): The maximum acceptable length of time that can elapse before the lack of a business function severely impacts the business entity. The RTO is comprised of two components: the time before a disaster is declared, and the time to perform tasks (documented in the disaster recovery plan) to the point of business resumption.

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Final Thoughts: A People-Focused Approach

October 31, 2007 8:00 pm | by Ron LaPedis and Rodrigo Naranjo | Articles | Comments

The list of natural and man-made disasters that businesses have had to contend with has increased dramatically in the last few years. Disruptions resulting from these disasters have rippled across just-in-time supply chains, shaken entire industries, and taken their toll on employee, customer, and partner relations.

Final Thoughts: What Our Educational Programs Are Missing

August 31, 2007 8:00 pm | by John Stagl | Articles | Comments

Current educational programs in the field of business continuity (BC) planning are confronted with a problem of semantics. The old school educational effort associated with "disaster recovery (DR) planning" was oriented to internal processes that were going to be needed after a disaster. This information was identified by an internal survey of department managers. This same protocol is being used to try to construct business continuity plans.

Final Thoughts: Behaviors for Effective BC/DR Professionals

April 30, 2007 8:00 pm | by Peter Laz | Articles | Comments

While there's no silver bullet, there are some characteristics that successful professionals share. Documenting these behaviors is intended to fuel your self-reflection, thought process, and discussion among friends and colleagues with the ultimate goal of motivating you to become an even more effective contingency planning professional.

A Sign of Life and A Miracle on 34th Street

April 30, 2007 8:00 pm | by Lorraine Motola | Articles | Comments

On April 22, I went on a two-and-a-half hour bus tour called the "Road to Recovery" through the areas of New Orleans that were most devastated by Hurricane Katrina, including the Lower 9th Ward, Lakeview, and Bernard Parish. The tour was offered as part of the 2007 Continuity Insights Management Conference. Things are slowly getting better, even from when I was there this past January.

Final Thoughts: A Message to Garcia

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by Tony Alexiou | Articles | Comments

In the 1899 classic, A Message to Garcia, Elbert Hubbard described the travails of Rowan, a soldier with the United States Army during the Spanish-American War. Rowan is tasked by President McKinley to deliver a message to General Garcia who is somewhere on the island of Cuba. After an arduous and danger-filled three-week journey, Rowan does in fact deliver the message and re-emerges on the other side of the island a success.

Final Thoughts - The Real Return on Investment for BCP

December 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by John Stagl | Articles | 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 companies. I believe it is time to get rid of the smoke and put the mirrors back in the cabinet in order to look at this question in a slightly different manner.

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