Where Do We Go from Here? We are presently in the midst of the greatest threat to business continuity since the ideas of disaster recovery were founded. I am not here to dwell on "the Y2K bug" as the popular media wants to call it, but to note that it is spotlighting the need for continuity planning now and in the future. We are seeing more companies wake from their "I’m safe" slumber to put disaster or continuity planners on new projects as well as the present states of business. The future looks brighter. So, what is the future of Continuity Planning? We have seen our profession change in many ways over the last twenty years. We have gone from disaster recovery to continuity planning to resumption planning to continuity planning. With disaster recovery we were involved in plans for the data center. We reported to the Data Processing Manager and were concerned
San Diego served as the setting for one of the most popular conferences in the disaster recovery, business continuity industry. During March 21-24, Disaster Recovery Journal held its 10th Annual Corporate Contingency Planning Seminar and Exhibition, resulting in favorable comments from attendees and vendors alike. Attendee Hugh Moore commented that the conference was a "tremendous learning experience (and an) opportunity to talk to other professionals." Another attendee agreed, stating: "overall this forum is a wonderful exchange of contacts and the opportunity to discuss other corporations’ efforts in the field." Over 1,300 business professionals, exhibitors, and speakers participated in this four day event, which provided a successful venue of information, networking, and in-depth sessions. Rich Moczygemba , another attendee, wrote: "I’m impressed with the growth (of DRJ’s conferences). I last attended in 1996 and now see twice the attendees." The Sunday workshops began the seminar with six instructional components. The group leaders and their
Comdisco Supports Companies' Computer Operations Comdisco, which specializes in reestablishing large computer systems for major corporations after a disaster, is currently supporting major business customers affected by terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. 47 companies have declared disasters with Comdisco. The 47 customers declared 93 separate disasters. All 47 companies initially relocated to and worked out of Comdisco facilities. At one point, there were 3000 customer employees working out of our facilities. As of Sept. 25, 20 companies had returned to their facilities. Customers have primarily requested workspaces, complete with PCs and phones. Comdisco configured thousands of PCs during the first 24 hours to support customers. Customer Industries: Primarily financial services firms: Banks, insurance companies, investment banking and brokerage houses. Comdisco is also supporting one of the New York exchanges. Most customers had operations in New York, seven customers were in the World Trade Center and others were in nearby buildings. Other customers declared disasters for
Even though Tropical Storm Allison was never upgraded to a hurricane, it came upon the U.S. with a blinding force. Heavy rains and winds ravaged southeastern Texas on June 8 and then moved to the northeast. The first storm of the 2001 Hurricane season claimed 47 lives and caused over $4 billion worth of damage. However, this event did not catch disaster recovery planners unprepared. Comdisco Backs Customer During Houston Floods- by Richard Magani You would think a June storm named Allison would be a pleasant summer shower, but Tropical Storm Allison was anything but. The storm drenched the Houston area, blanketing large swaths of the city in floodwaters. Lightning and rising water combined to cause power outages across the area, sending utility crews into a frenzy trying to fix damaged transformers and other power equipment. One Comdisco customer, a service bureau, declared a disaster after the company’s local data center lost power.
How many times in our lives have we heard, “It’s not what you know, but who you know”? The phrase usually comes to mind when searching for a new job. Recently, while attending the DRJ Fall World 2006 conference, I overheard someone make this statement in the hallway and thought to myself, “When it comes to business continuity, that’s so true.” Business continuity professionals are a community that networks across all industries. When attending a conference, we might sit at our own industry tables, but there is common ground even when someone in the communications industry sits at the banking/financial services table. Regardless of our respective industries, we all have knowledge and experiences to share – whether with our peers at conferences, local user groups, industry groups, or others. So it’s important to consider how well you network and how you go about it. Do you just network within your own company
More than 1,200 attendees joined expert speakers and exhibitors for a total of 1,700 people at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina for the Disaster Recovery Journal Fall World 2007 conference Sept. 16-20.
An Interview with Ginny Davis and Mark Barden of Rutherfoord Insurance