Our speakers at Spring World 2013 are industry experts who are ready to deliver tried-and-true methodology for our attendees. DRJ spoke with speaker Kevin Cunningham, who is presenting Managerial Session - 1, to gain some insight into the benefits of his session, "10 Simple, Easy, Cheap, Quickly Actionable Tips to Elevate Your BC Program." Discover what this session offers as well as how Spring World 2013 can help all business continuity planners.
Disaster Recovery Journal: Your session at Spring World 2013 is titled “10 Simple, Easy, Cheap, Quickly Actionable Tips to Elevate Your BC Program.” Why is this session important to today’s business continuity professionals?
Cunningham: Budgets are tight and BC managers are eager to make their program better, particularly in light of recent impactful events like Superstorm Sandy. Without investing an extraordinary amount of time and money, there are some easy tools and ways of thinking that can help bring a program to the next level. The interactive session will walk through some proven, effective behaviors and tips that can be immediately taken back to the office and implemented.
Disaster Recovery Journal: How easy is it for attendees at your session to apply what they learn to their own situations?
Cunningham: The session is designed to use easily-applied concepts in order to help BC managers operate more efficiently and use existing resources and tools in order to achieve excellence, regardless of industry of level of experience/expertise. The goal is to walk away with a handful of ideas that can easily be put into action the second you step back into the office.
Disaster Recovery Journal: What are the benefits of having face-to-face training at a conference?
Cunningham: One of the concepts we will walk through in the session is the benefit of face-to-face interaction. Far too often BC managers concentrate 100% of their effort solely on looking within their organization. Rarely do we step outside our workspace and ask “Can I do this better? What are others doing?” and sessions like this are designed to encourage collaboration and to share ideas and best practices.
Disaster Recovery Journal: How do disasters such as Hurricane Sandy affect the need for training for business continuity professionals?
Cunningham: Incidents like Sandy make BC training real and relevant. This is no longer a theoretical discussion of “What if?” it is a matter of “When?”. There are real threats to business and in order to elevate individual skills and abilities, it is essential for practicing professionals to be able to gain from the experiences of others, learn best practices and gain from insight from within the industry.
Disaster Recovery Journal: What are some of the most challenging issues business continuity planners face and how can Spring World 2013 help with these?
Cunningham: I think the biggest challenge is that we have a lot of work to do. Resources and market conditions are requiring more for less and the last two years have proven that resilience is an essential part of maintaining our business. Coming together with common ideas and viewpoints in March can help everyone involved in solving issues specific to the industry.