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Integrating the BCM and Development Life Cycles: Are You Late to the Party?

Written by  Doug Weldon, Thomson Reuters Wednesday, 05 June 2013 21:14

weldon2"Historically, we as Business Continuity practitioners have been taught and conditioned to thinking of our work as being applied to operations that are already implemented and operational. A considerable portion of our body of guidance subtly implies, or in some cases, overtly references the building of BC or IT/DR capabilities for operations that are already in place. As it turns out, however, waiting that long to begin working on such capabilities is a less optimal and more risky time to begin the planning process. This session will talk about how business continuity planning can and should be integrated more effectively and efficiently into the lifecycle of the operations we as professionals are trying to protect."

Well defined/deployed development life cycle processes have long been recognized as providing benefits. Business continuity management, and the program management process it describes, are also examples of well defined/deployed disciplines. However, the benefits of these BCM life cycle processes are considerably enhanced when the life cycles are integrated into the development life cycles. This session will describe this integration and the benefits that can result. Develop BC/DR capabilities in tandem with their target processes/systems and avoid being late to the party!

Doug Weldon – Vice President, Product & Infrastructure Risk Management, Thomson Reuters – Doug has earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. His more than twenty-five year career includes extensive background in IT, process quality management, business development, program/project management, and senior leadership added to expert level achievements in the disciplines of Incident/Crisis Management, Business Continuity Management (BC/DR), Physical/Information Security Management, and Operational Risk/Resiliency Management overall. At AT&T, Doug developed and managed the largest BC/DR program in the world including recovery operations for AT&T’s global Network and internal business and IT operations. At Telcodia Technologies, and subsequently as President and Managing Consultant at Vigilant Services Group, Doug led many additional resiliency projects for technology, healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, logistics, entertainment/sports, manufacturing, and government customers. At Thomson Reuters, he has developed and is managing an operational risk management program to cost-effectively increase the resiliency (business continuity/disaster recovery, security, and operational effectiveness) of its products, customer-facing services, and supporting infrastructures. Doug holds the FBCI (Fellow) certification from the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), has been awarded a U.S. Patent in remote electronic vaulting, holds the Business Resilience Auditor and Business Resilience Manager certifications from the Business Resilience Certification Consortium International (BRCCI), and has also been elected to the CPM (Contingency Planning and Management) Hall of Fame in 2010.  Doug is also currently serving as President and Executive Board Member for the BCI-USA Chapter, and has previously served as Advisory Board Member for CPM and the Thomson Reuters representative to the committee developing the ANSI Standard for Business Continuity Management. He is also an instructor for the BCI’s BCM Audit and Plan Writing courses.

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