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The 2nd Annual BCI Awards – North America Are Gearing Up With DRJ Spring World 2013

As 2012 comes to a close, plans for the 2nd Annual BCI Awards – North America are in full swing. Final plans for the event’s arrival back at DRJ Spring World 2013 in Orlando, FL., are beginning to hit the airwaves, and the 2013 list of award categories have been announced and opened up for initial nominations.

The BCI North America Awards were set up by the BCI to recognize and celebrate unparalleled achievement in 12 critical areas of the BCM discipline. Open to all BCM professionals regardless of professional membership and/or certification, the BCI Awards – North America are recognized as the de-facto standard for business continuity professional recognition of achievement.

The 2012 Inaugural event held true to its billing as a first-class celebration of the “Who’s Who” of the Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery space. Playing to a packed house of more than 300 industry professionals, the ceremony exploded with music, applause, stirring acceptances and a quick “Red Carpet photo-opps”- and did we mention the gorgeous statues of appreciation (awards)?

So, what better partner and venue than The Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ) and their industry leading Spring World Conference?

Each year leading professionals from around the globe descend upon beautiful Orlando Florida to take part in DRJ Spring World, making it the world’s largest conference dedicated to business continuity and disaster recovery. The BCI, again, is fully supporting this fantastic event and is proud to have this gala event headline activities within the conference.

2013 Award Categories:

Business Continuity Consultant of the Year

In this category the judges will be looking for evidence of exceptional all round skills across the full spectrum of BCM capability. Applicants will have in depth and breadth of experience and will be able to demonstrate how they have helped clients, from a wide client base, embrace BCM techniques and embed BCM within their organisation’s culture. The winner of this category will be able to show the judges that they have an innovative approach to the discipline, are an outstanding problem solver and a worthy ambassador for the Business Continuity Management sector. All entries should include the length of time the entrant has been involved in BCM and any relevant professional qualifications they have as well as any examples of contributions made to the growth of the discipline in local territories.

Business Continuity Manager of the Year

The winner of this category is unlikely to have less than 5 years’ experience (to be shown on entry) as a dedicated Business Continuity Manager. Judging will focus on how the individual has used Business Continuity Management techniques across their employing organisation to improve overall resilience. Evidence of effective responses to individual impacts will add weight to the application which could be further enhanced by showing how BCM has influenced strategic thinking within the organisation. In this category we are looking for a unique individual who has truly embedded BCM using creative and original approaches and techniques. This individual is likely to be recognised as a leading BCM professional by his/her peer group and have a relevant professional qualification which they will indicate on their application. They will also show how their contribution to the growth of the discipline in local territories.

Public Sector Business Continuity Manager of the Year

The onus on Business Continuity Managers in the Public Sector is often two fold as they need to look internally to ensure the services they provide can be maintained in all eventualities but additional external responsibility may be placed upon them as they encourage local communities to become more resilient. In this category the judges will be looking for an outstanding individual who has used their highly developed business continuity skills to influence how their organisation addresses, and prepares for, possible impacts. Emphasis will be on the ability to protect core critical infrastructure. Additional consideration will be given to evidence of they have contributed to the wider influence of the value of BCM within their local business community. Entrants for this Awards will have a minimum of 5 years experience within BCM and this should be shown on the application, as should relevant professional qualifications.

Most Effective Recovery of the Year

If your organisation, or your client’s organisation, has suffered from an incident and successfully come out the other side then the judges would be pleased to receive an application in this category. This incident must have occurred between July 1st 2012 and 31st July 2013. The incident may have taken any form – from loss of supply chain, through denial of access to failure of computer systems. The judges will be looking at how effective the recovery was across the whole spectrum of emergency and incident management including strategic, tactical and operational planning. Evidence should be provided on how the Business Continuity Plan was used in helping manage the incident, how staff (both BCM and non-BCM) worked towards recovery, what lessons were learnt during the process and how these lessons will help improve on going resilience within the organisation.

BCM Newcomer of the Year

Entrants into this category will have been working within Business Continuity Management for less than 24 months. The judges will be looking for an enthusiastic approach to the discipline, passion for the industry and innovative ideas on how to implement and embed BCM either within their own, or client, organisations. Above all, however, they will be hoping to see potential for intellectual and professional development and trying to spot a BCM Leader of the Future. Entries should show any relevant professional qualifications gained and examples of contributions made to the growth of the discipline in local territories.

Business Continuity Team of the Year

This category is specifically for business continuity management teams with 5+ dedicated members within large corporate organisations. The judges will be looking at how the team is led, how the team works together but also at how it works across all disciplines within the organisation. Major challenges that the team has faced, and how these were dealt with, would add weight to entries. Evidence of implementing BCM, through all phases of the BCM Lifecycle, should be provided as part of the entry. Please include an outline of the team profile, their experience and their performance.

Business Continuity Provider of the Year (BCM Service)

The winner of this Award will be recognised as providing an outstanding service to those working within the BCM industry in the Awards region. This service may include, but is not limited to: providing consultancy; training; data backup; recovery services; data centre services; call tree solutions; and auditing. The judges will be looking for a first class service backed up with excellent customer support.

It is a criterion of entry that the service provider has a minimum of 10 customers (who may be invited by the entrant to submit supporting statements) and have been offering their services for a minimum of 24 months. Please include the number of customers and length of time in the application, along with any certifications achieved in relevant areas of expertise.

Business Continuity Provider of the Year (BCM Product)

The winner of this Award will be recognised as providing an outstanding product designed for use by those working within the BCM industry in this BCI Awards coverage area. Products may include, but are not limited to: IT related products such as hardware, software and SMS solutions; training and education products including conferences and publications; and insurance. The judges will be looking for a first class product backed up with excellent customer support.

It is a criterion of entry that the product vendor has a minimum of 10 customers (who may be invited by the entrant to submit supporting statements) and have been offering their product for a minimum of 24 months. Please include the number of customers and length of time in the application, along with any certifications achieved in relevant areas of expertise.

Business Continuity Innovation of the Year (Product/Service)

The judges will present this award to the organisation which has demonstrated outstanding innovation in the development of a new product or service within the BCM arena within this BCI Awards coverage area. Open to all industry sectors the product or service must have come onto the market within the period July 1st 2012 to 31st July 2013 and have a business continuity application. The judges will be looking for:

WHY the product or service was developed in relation to market need within the region

WHAT the product or service offers to business continuity practitioners

HOW the product or service is being used to practical advantage by customers.

Public Vote Category

Industry Personality of the Year

Nominations for this category should be made for individuals who have added value to the BCM industry over the past year. They may be BCM practitioners, academics, BCM consultants, conference speakers, government officials or just enthusiastic ambassadors for the discipline. Quite simply they will have a huge personality and have made the BCM arena a better place.

A shortened entry criterion is in place for this category where only a 100 word summary of achievements should be submitted. The 5 most popular entrants will be out to a public vote.

Application process

Entries for the judged categories must include:

  • Written submission statement of between 1500 and 2500 words in support of the application including information mentioned in the criteria.
  • An abbreviated summary of the statement – no more than 100 words
  • Full contact details including name, organisation/employer name, address, phone number, email
  • Written confirmation that all permissions relating to the release of data contained within the application have been granted

Nominations for the public vote category of Industry Personality should include a 100 word summary of why that person is being nominated. The 5 most popular nominations will be collated and put to a public vote.

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