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Product integration unifies departments for workflow-driven planning and operational resiliency

Philadelphia, PA & Burlington, MA / September 19, 2016 / Strategic BCP—innovators of the market-leading ResilienceONE® Business Continuity Management (BCM) software and Everbridge—a global software company that provides critical communications and enterprise safety applications to help keep people safe and businesses running—today announced a partnership that will provide integration between the products.

With the Everbridge integration, ResilienceONE users gain seamless, automated, and streamlined notifications and incident management when they declare a disaster or business outage.

“Other BCM solutions typically leave critical communications to an independent EMNS solution, often one purchased and maintained by an entirely separate department,” said Frank Perlmutter, President and Founder of Strategic BCP. “Our community realizes the advantage of tight product integration, and makes our partnership with Everbridge very valuable to clients.”

Benefits extend beyond contact and group synchronization, including:

  • NOTIFICATION TEMPLATES show precisely what you communicate to whom, enabling recovery development and ensuring appropriate planning.
  • STATUS SYNCHRONIZATION allows clients to see communication feedback from those notified all in one place—alongside the overall recovery status.
  • IDENTIFIERS SYNCHRONIZE CONTACTS/GROUPS to protect privacy, eliminate redundancy, and instruct EMNS to use a specified path—such as a current cell number.
  • WORKFLOW AUTOMATION in BCM uses EMNS non-emergency mechanisms to notify users when there are tasks that require completion.

Annie Asrari, Senior Product Manager at Everbridge adds, “An integration between ResilienceONE and the Everbridge system brings disparate solutions together and provides a powerful capability to Business Continuity and Crisis Management professionals to communicate to their employees directly from the ResilienceONE platform through multiple modalities in the event of an emergency.”

Strategic BCP and Everbridge will highlight their partnership at Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ) Fall World in Phoenix AZ on September 18-21, 2016. Strategic BCP/Booth 505. Everbridge/Booth 207.

Learn more about these joint capabilities at: www.strategicbcp.com/resilienceone/everbridge.php

About Strategic BCP

Strategic BCP’s ResilienceONE® Business Continuity Management software enables real-time resiliency and disaster recovery with action-based plans that can be implemented immediately in the event of emergency business disruptions. Our experts have mapped, streamlined, and automated over 40 job activities: program management, data gathering, analysis/reporting, testing, and maintenance. Customers report gains of over 94% in efficiency using ResilienceONE over other methods and tools and are up and running in weeks with no implementation or configuration fees. Over 350,000 users leverage industry-specific business processes, recovery mappings, compliance wizards, policy libraries, crisis communications tools, and exercise management features. Offered in the Cloud or On-Premise. Positioned as "Leaders" by Gartner three years in a row. Strategic BCP’s professional services organization helps navigate obstacles within BC to Disaster Recovery and Strategic IT Planning. More information: www.strategicbcp.com

About Everbridge

Everbridge is a global software company that provides critical communications and enterprise safety applications that enable customers to automate and accelerate the process of keeping people safe and businesses running during critical events. During public safety threats such as active shooter situations, terrorist attacks or severe weather conditions, as well as critical business events such as IT outages or cyber incidents, over 3,000 global customers rely on our SaaS-based platform to quickly and reliably construct and deliver contextual notifications to millions of people at one time. The company’s platform sent over 1 billion messages in 2015, and offers the ability to reach more than 200 countries and territories with secure delivery to over 100 different communication devices. Our critical communications and enterprise safety applications include Mass Notification, Incident Management, IT Alerting, Safety Connection™, Community Engagement™, Secure Messaging and Internet of Things, and are easy-to-use and deploy, secure, highly scalable and reliable. Everbridge serves 8 of the 10 largest U.S. cities, 8 of the 10 largest U.S.-based investment banks, all 4 of the largest global accounting firms, 24 of the 25 busiest North American airports and 6 of the 10 largest global automakers. Everbridge is based in Boston and Los Angeles with additional offices in San Francisco, Beijing and London. For more information, visit www.everbridge.com, read the company blog, http://www.everbridge.com/blog, and follow on Twitter and Facebook.

New, pinpointed screens and clean navigation complement the power and flexibility of ResilienceONE BCM software

Philadelphia, PA / September 15, 2016 / Strategic BCP, Inc.—innovators of the market-leading ResilienceONE® business continuity management (BCM) software, today announced the availability of Version 8.0, which offers new, pinpointed screens and clean navigation across any device. The new enhancements complement the power and flexibility of ResilienceONE—making it the most simplified user experience in the Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery industry.

Version 8.0 includes:

  • IMPROVED PLAN DEVELOPMENT: With just one click, users can easily access their tasks, generate consistent plans, and route them through approval workflows—with no setup required. ResilienceONE’s new user interface makes things easy.
  • NEW TASK WIZARDS: As tasks are assigned to users, a built-in Wizard is automatically generated in ResilienceONE making setup seamless for administrators.
  • CLEAN LOOK & FEEL: ResilienceONE’s new user interface offers ease of use across over 40 BCM job activities including program management, data gathering, analysis and reporting, testing, and maintenance.

Version 8.0 also includes functionality enhancements to many popular ResilienceONE features.

“We continually strive to simplify BCM decision-making for our customers when they are confronted with disaster recovery and business interruption situations,” said Frank Perlmutter (CBCP, MBCI), President and Founder of Strategic BCP. “Our new look and feel is unmatched.”

VIEW SAMPLE SCREENS

Strategic BCP will debut ResilienceONE Version 8.0 at the Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ) Fall World 2016 Conference in Phoenix Arizona on September 18-21—an event it will sponsor.

At the conference, attendees will get a first look at Version 8.0 through private and booth demonstrations. Strategic BCP’s participation will also include:

  • Customer presentations with Cisco Systems, United Bank, and PlainsCapital Bank.
  • Consultations with members of Strategic BCP’s Professional Services organization.
  • Partnership with Everbridge; Critical Communications & Enterprise Safety Applications
  • Networking dinner that includes Tequila Tasting and Cigar Rolling.

During exhibit hours at the conference, visit Booth 505-507.

Version 8.0 and the full capabilities of ResilienceONE are accessible for evaluation by requesting a personal demonstration with an enterprise consultant.

About Strategic BCP

Strategic BCP’s ResilienceONE® Business Continuity Management Planning software enables real-time resiliency and disaster recovery with built-in intelligence that offers the most direct path to ROI. Our experts have mapped, streamlined, and automated over 40 BCM job activities: program management, data gathering, analysis and reporting, testing, and maintenance. Customers report gains of over 94% in efficiency using ResilienceONE over other methods and tools and are up and running in weeks with no implementation or configuration fees. We incorporate your expertise—with no blank slate framework headaches or excessive required configurations. Over 350,000 users across all industries build and maintain cost-effective, action-based plans that can be implemented immediately in the event of emergency business disruptions. To do this, they leverage industry-specific business processes, recovery mappings, compliance wizards, policy libraries, crisis communications tools, and exercise/test management features—along with GRC tools. The product is offered in the Cloud or On-Premise and has been positioned as "Leaders" by Gartner three years in a row. Strategic BCP’s professional services organization helps navigate obstacles within BC to Disaster Recovery and Strategic IT Planning. For more information, visit www.strategicbcp.com, read the company blog, and follow on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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Join Naveen Chhabra, Senior Analyst for Infrastructure & Operations Professionals at Forrester Research, as he explains how to align your organization’s executives, IT and risk teams on optimal IT DR objectives as well as key reasons why organizations are choosing to leverage Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service. Pat O’Day, CTO of Bluelock will discuss how companies are leveraging DRaaS to map their objectives to the best-fit solutions. 

As organizations continue increase their reliance on IT systems to drive revenue and maintain key operations, IT departments, executives and BC/DR planners must collaborate and ensure they can maintain uptime and availability. 

Naveen of Forrester along with Pat O’Day will discuss how to effectively: 

- Align your executives, IT and risk teams around IT DR objectives 
- Define Recovery Time (RTO) & Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) 
- Integrate RTOs & RPOs with other BC/DR Processes 
- Document & test plans 
- Determine if DRaaS is appropriate for your organization
 
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Monday, 20 April 2009 12:43

Career Planning Takes Center Stage

While flying home after wrapping up DRJ’s 40th conference in Orlando, I started to realize how much our business landscape has changed in just one short year. Most evident in my travel is the availability of flights and the lower crowds seen in the airports. But like most businesses, adjustments are being made in the airline industry to ensure survival through lean times. This means less flight options, but more filled planes. I also recently read an AP article discussing how most organizations are sharpening their pencils to ensure cutting employees is the last option. This was certainly a positive story in light of the never-ending news of layoffs. "Appeared in DRJ's Spring 2009 Issue"

Monday, 19 November 2007 00:00

DR Rules & Regulations

Note: A Special Thank you DRJ's Editorial Advisory Board for their incredible efforts to identify and compile this information.

  *UPDATED - September, 2016

Rules & Regulations … Could Keep You Out of the News

By Martin Myers, MBCP

In recent headlines, the disciplines of a well governed and operated BC/DR program may have prevented, or at the very least, reduced the damage from two man-made events. I’m referring to the Southwest and Delta airline outages in July and August of this year. 

The Delta airline computer outage, which caused it to cancel 2,300 flights, cost $100 million in lost revenue. In addition, Delta shares were down more than 19 percent, at one point, over the past year. Southwest Airlines Co. reported lost revenue and extra costs totaling $54 million from a July outage that resulted in a similar number of canceled flights.

“In the business world, bad news is usually good news – for somebody else.”
– James Surowiecki (journalist, New Yorker Magazine)

The numbers are impressive, but may pale in comparison to future losses that are not so easily measured. For example, individuals and families planning future trips may choose a carrier that has not recently been in the news as they seek to avoid the perceived risk of a carrier who negatively impacted the trips of others. Lost future revenues are difficult to capture, but are one of the side effects of any reputation loss due to so public an outage. Delta and Southwest’s bad news therefore may turn out to be good news for their competitors in the long run.

This is where rules, regulations and standards can help. Many provide the content of a well-run BC/DR program. They are a cookbook of sorts detailing the ingredients and steps to possibly prevent, and if not prevent prevail after an outage. The rules and standards contained within out data base are free to use, learn from, and assimilate into your organization’s BC/DR program. 

Please share with us any new or newly uncovered rule, regulation or standard that you might find, which we could add to our growing list. In this way you are benefiting your many BC/DR colleagues around the globe.

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Acknowledgements:2016 DRJ EAB Rules & Regulations Working Committee: Martin Myers, Chairman (Forsythe Solutions Group); Robbie Atabaigi of KPMG, LLC; Winston Clarke of Carefirst BCBS; Colleen Huber of Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation; Tatiana Moklebust of AmerisourceBergen; Lamar Poppell of Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.; Smallwood, Lisa of Hewlett-Packard Company; and Nadine Williams-Edwards of Kronos, Inc.

Committee Chair: Martin Myers, MS, MBCP, CERT, specializes in Risk Management (Business Consultant, Disaster Recovery and Crisis Management), currently is a Managing Consultant with Forsythe Solutions Group. He has more than 25 years of experience in developing and evaluating business continuity and disaster recovery governance programs, and implementations. He has worked with prominent domestic and international companies which include Bank of America, CapitalOne, KPMG, HP, Duke Energy, Nextel, T-Mobile, Carnival Cruise Lines, International Paper, McCormick, and SAIC. His work has taken him throughout the U.S., and to Canada, Bermuda, Panama, Costa Rica, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and South Korea. Mr. Myers is has served our profession as former: Vice-president of CPAC, President of SEBRE, and President of the DRJ Editorial Advisory Board.