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Lombard, Ill.  - -  As part of ICOR's alliance with the BCI, ICOR members have access the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) 2013 Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) as part of their ICOR membership. 

Download the 2013 GPG.  (note:  The ICOR Library uses your email as your login and the password you created or the one ICOR randomly provided to you.)  If you are a new member as of DRJ Springworld, you will receive your member login and password this week.

In addition, ICOR's Business Continuity Management education programs:  BCM 2000 and BCM 4000 now include the 2013 GPG body of knowledge.

Not an ICOR member?  Join today!

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) released its latest edition of the Good Practice Guidelines on March 18, 2013. The Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) are the independent body of knowledge for good Business Continuity practice worldwide.  

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The GPG has undergone a thorough revision to ensure that the 2013 edition represents and includes current global thinking in good Business Continuity (BC) practice and includes terminology from ISO 22301:2012, the International Standard for Business Continuity management systems.

The real value of the GPG to BC professionals is that it considers not just the 'what' to do but also the 'why', 'how' and 'when' of practices written by real-world experts.

The GPG 2013 has been subject to a stringent quality assurance process to ensure it continues to drive the highest standards in BC and draws upon the considerable academic, technical and practical experiences and expertise of BC professionals from across the BCI's global Statutory membership.

Lyndon Bird, FBCI, and Technical Director at the BCI:
"In today's volatile economic, political and social environment, Business Continuity is becoming increasingly relevant to organizations all around the world. The GPG underpins good BC practice and provides organizations with tested and proven guidance, to drive and improve organizational resilience."

In addition to providing a robust and proven guide to all BC professionals, the GPG serves as a recognised industry benchmark against which BC professionals can be effectively measured and their professional and technical competency examined.

Practical knowledge of the GPG underpins the BCI Statutory membership application process that requires its members to demonstrate competency across all six of the GPG's Professional Practices at a Management and Technical level. These include Policy and Programme Management; Analysis; Design; Implementation; Validation and Embedding Business Continuity. Together these Practices make up the Business Continuity Management (BCM) Lifecycle, which is central to good BC practice and ensures the success of any BCM Programme and its continued value to the organization.

All BCI Certification Training, which is based on the GPG, including the Certificate of the BCI Examination (CBCI), which tests a candidate's knowledge of the Good Practice Guidelines and is one of the entry points to BCI Statutory membership, are also being reviewed and revised by the BCI's Technical Team to ensure full alignment to the new GPG.

About the Business Continuity Institute

Based in Caversham, United Kingdom, the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) was established in 1994 to promote the art and science of business continuity and is the world's leading institute for Business Continuity.

The BCI is a global membership and certifying organization for business continuity professionals. It offers a wide range of resources for business professionals concerned with raising levels of resilience within their organization or considering a career in business continuity.  With members in more than 100 countries in an estimated 3,000 organizations in private, public and third sectors worldwide, the BCI truly is the world's leading institute for business continuity.

The BCI seeks to promote and facilitate the adoption of good business continuity practice worldwide by:

  • Raising standards in business continuity
  • Undertaking industry research
  • Driving thought leadership in business continuity
  • Facilitating the sharing of best practice in business continuity
  • Training and certifying professionals
  • Raising the value of the profession
  • Developing the business case for business continuity

www.thebci.org

(Las Vegas)– Cobalt Data Centers, a provider of high density colocation and trusted virtual data center solutions, announced today the completion of both a SOC 1 (SSAE 16) Type I audit and a SOC 2 Type I audit.

“As a leading carrier-neutral data center in Nevada, Cobalt Data Centers remains committed to the highest levels of compliance, including a thorough examination of controls and procedures,” said Mike Ballard, chief executive officer of Cobalt Data Centers. “These audit reports provide our customers a high level of confidence that extensive controls, processes and protocols, pursuant to both SOC 1 (SSAE 16) and SOC 2 audit frameworks, are in place and maintained to help ensure their mission critical assets, systems and resources are protected."

An SOC 1 audit, prepared in accordance with Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization, is specifically intended to meet the needs of customers and their auditors as they evaluate the effect of the controls at the service organization relevant to customer’s financial reporting. As Cobalt Data Centers hosts systems relevant to customer’s financial reporting, an SOC 1 (SSAE 16) audit is required by most Cobalt customers.

An SOC 2 audit, prepared under AT Section 101, Attest Engagement (AICPA, Professional Standards), follows a predefined, rigorous framework to report on the controls of service organizations, including data center providers, including the design and effectiveness of policies, communications, procedures and monitoring based on detailed criteria.

Extensive Type I audits provide independent third party verification by a licensed audit firm as to whether the controls and safeguards maintained by the service organization are operating effectively over a significant period of time.

"As the newest data center provider in Nevada, and in light of our commitment to innovation, advancement and transparency, we are early adopters of undertaking annual SOC 1 and SOC 2 audits,” said Joseph Gallagher, chief financial officer for Cobalt Data Centers. “These audits are also a benefit to our customers and their auditors. With the retirement of SAS 70 in 2011, many customers, including publicly traded entities, require a SOC 1 (SSAE 16) audit as part of their own audit process. At the same time, SOC 2 audits benefit customers by providing detailed validation of our controls and procedures.”

These SSAE 16 audits were conducted by A-lign CPAs. Florida-based A-lign CPAs provides risk advisory and regulatory compliance services to companies world-wide. Their team of audit professionals has world-renowned experience in providing SSAE attestation services. They have held key positions with global accounting firms, and have completed hundreds of financial audits, SAS 70/SSAE 16 audits and other attestation services.

About Cobalt Data Centers

Cobalt Data Centers is a data center development and operating company based in Las Vegas.  Cobalt Data Centers specializes in secure, high‐density, network‐rich collocation delivered with exceptional customer service. It is centrally located in a city and region known for having an extremely low instance of natural catastrophes and extremely high connectivity. Its executives are experienced in all aspects of data center construction and management. For more information, visit www.cobaltdatacenters.com.         

San Ramon, CA xMatters, inc., the relevance engine company, today announced enhancements to its mobile capabilities for business continuity and IT management communications. The company’s new Android and enhanced iOS applications build on the recent acquisition of the Bamboo mobile incident management application to further solidify xMatters’ position as the leader in mobile IT and business continuity communications.

“The reality of the evolving workplace is that employees are more dispersed than ever and increasingly relying on mobile devices for business communication,” said Troy McAlpin, CEO, xMatters. “When it comes to critical communications in the enterprise – for IT alerts or emergency notifications – people need to be able to access and initiate plans from their mobile devices so they can work toward resolution without having to be in front of a computer.”

With xMatters’ smartphone applications, companies can use push notifications to deliver critical information and communication plans to the right employees at the right time. As a result, people can initiate remediation efforts from virtually anywhere. Combined with Bamboo’s ability to publish incident management plans to smartphones for offline access, xMatters’ comprehensive mobile business continuity and IT notification solution now enables workers to drive resolution processes forward through mobile devices.

“While the freedom that mobile technologies afford us has changed the way we work, it has the potential to create problems when things go wrong. Because of this, we think it’s imperative that companies have mobile strategies for initiating notifications during unexpected events, said Doug Peete, VP product management, xMatters. “Enabling critical communications and incident management on-the-go ensures timely and appropriate responses should a company need to reach its employees or customers in the event of a crisis or IT failure. Our latest mobile applications ensure the most efficient resolution of any issue that may occur by tying into our enterprise communications platform, and integrating seamlessly with IT management products and business continuity systems.”

xMatters’ mobile application feature set now includes:

  • Access to communications plans and instructions via smartphones even when offline
  • Ability to initiate communications plans from anywhere, enabling users to simply “push a button” when an emergency happens
  • Attach images from smartphone cameras to notifications so real-time updates on emergencies can be documented
  • Use push notifications to deliver plans, instructions and tasks to drive remediation efforts - a clear cost advantage when compared to more common SMS messages
  • Locate team members using GPS and maps to facilitate response orchestration
  • Start conference bridges instantly to facilitate team collaboration

xMatters’ new Android application and updated iOS application are now publicly available through Google Play and the Apple App Store. For more information, visit www.xmatters.com.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Coming out of a winter marked by extreme weather events, Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity, and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today shared six tips to help technology-dependent hospitals provide uninterrupted service during extended outages.

 

“Technology adoption often requires a re-evaluation of business continuity systems and practices,” said Bhavesh Patel, director of marketing at Emerson Network Power’s ASCO Power business. “We continue to see examples of facilities that are up to code but could not maintain service during extended outages. Hospitals must adapt their business continuity plans so that the technology they have become dependent on doesn’t cripple them during an outage.”

 

Here are six ways hospitals can adapt their business continuity plans to current technology and expectations:

  1. 1.Redefine business critical.
    Backup power systems have been extended to protect operating rooms and other critical facilities, allowing them to continue to function during outages. But hospitals also need to be able to accept patients during extreme weather events. Will parking lots and other exterior lighting be working? What about food services? In an extended outage just about every hospital system becomes critical.
  2. 2.Know your dependencies.
    Many hospitals are turning to cloud-based services for data storage or application delivery. Not all cloud providers have the same high-availability infrastructure or business continuity plans. Your cloud providers are an extension of your IT department; their business continuity plans are your business continuity plans.

 

  1. 3.Expect the worst.

 

  1. 4.Reexamine how long backup systems need to support the business.
    Hurricane Sandy demonstrates the need for healthcare facilities to be able to operate for days without power. Keeping food services and other support systems functioning is part of the solution. Another consideration is generator fuel. Not only do you need an ample reserve, you have to be sure you can access it during a disaster.
  2. 5.Don’t cannibalize backup systems to support growth.
    Many hospital data centers are now bursting with an influx of patient and imaging data, often consuming more power than may have been projected just two years ago. Has the backup power system kept pace or have “less critical” systems, such as lighting and cooling, been sacrificed to support growth? Backup power must be scalable enough to keep pace with expected growth while maintaining protection to all essential systems. Knowing what facility applications are aligned to which backup power system helps management prioritize in the event that they need to shed loads during a prolonged outage.
  3. 6.Your backup may need a backup.
    You won’t find a major financial institution that doesn’t employ redundancy in its backup systems. This same philosophy needs to extend to healthcare. Backup power systems protecting business-critical systems should employ some degree of redundancy so that the failure of one backup unit does not bring down the protected system.

 

For more information on Emerson Network Power products and solutions that support business continuity, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

 

OTTAWA, Canada – Diablo Technologies, a proven innovator in memory system interface products, today announced that it has closed an additional $7.5 million of funding, increasing the total equity investment of its most recent funding round to $36 million. The oversubscription includes a new investment from U.S. Venture Partners and additional funding from existing investors. In conjunction with the new investment, USVP Partner Chris Rust joins Diablo’s board of directors.

The additional funding will be used to support Diablo’s upcoming launch of its groundbreaking Memory Channel Storage™ (MCS) technology platform and provides the company with increased ability to market and distribute its disruptive technology across a broader set of applications. The soon-to-be-announced MCS products enable substantial improvements in transaction processing and data analysis within compute-servers, enterprise datacenters and cloud-computing facilities worldwide.

“As the Diablo team works aggressively to bring our innovative technology platform to market, it’s great to have the additional vote of confidence from USVP that we are solving a very big problem and enabling the next big step of flash market deployment,” said Riccardo Badalone, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Diablo Technologies. “We thank USVP for their contribution to the funding round. The added resources will help us introduce a truly innovative set of products, as well as continue to strengthen our board of directors with the addition of Chris.”

“Behind the disruptive technology platform that Diablo is preparing to roll out is a great team of energetic and passionate people working to make Memory Channel Storage a reality for customers,” said Rust. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to join in Diablo’s funding round and am looking forward to working closely with Riccardo and the team as they expand their market scope and scale their business prospects to even greater heights.”

USVP joins previously announced investors Battery Ventures, Celtic House Venture Partners, BDC Venture Capital, and Hasso Plattner Ventures. See release here: http://tinyurl.com/d9l2ral


About Diablo Technologies
Founded in 2003, Diablo is successfully delivering products that enhance the performance and capability of memory system designs. Diablo's innovative Memory Channel Storage™ technology platform is leveraging the disruptive capability of NAND-flash and future Non-Volatile Memory technologies to enable increased levels of application performance supported by a new class of enterprise server and storage system designs.

The Diablo executive management team, now developing its third family of memory interface solutions, has decades of experience in system architecture, chip-set design and software development at companies including Nortel Networks, Matrox Graphics, Goal Semiconductor, BroadTel Communications, ENQ Semiconductor, IceFyre Semiconductor, Mosaid Techologies and Huawei.

About U.S. Venture Partners
U.S. Venture Partners (USVP) is a leading Silicon valley-based venture capital firm, helping entrepreneurs build world-class companies since 1981. USVP focuses on early stage opportunities in sectors where the Partners have the domain expertise, operating experience and network relationships to contribute to the success of an enterprise. Currently, the firm invests in digital communications, network systems, consumer and business services, media, semiconductors, clean technologies, biopharmaceuticals and medical devices. For more information, visit www.usvp.com.

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Sage North America

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melody.chalaban@sage.com

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Sage SMB Survey on Mobile Devices:

Mobile Devices Making “Anywhere” a More Efficient Workplace

Eighty-five percent of SMBs see positive results from employees’ using mobile

devices for work

IRVINE, Calif. (March 18, 2013) – Sage North America announced today the results of

its mobile device survey, which recently polled 490 small and midsized businesses

(SMB) in the United States. The Sage SMB Survey on Mobile Devices showed that

laptops (80 percent) and smartphones (81 percent) are the most common devices used

remotely by employees to access work-related information when they are not in the

office, followed by tablets (57 percent).

The Sage SMB Survey on Mobile Devices found that four out of five respondent

decision makers, or 85 percent, whose companies use remote devices feel that it has

had a positive effect on their company’s productivity, while only one percent felt it has a

negative effect. When asked about how their businesses carry out various business

functions, mobile applications are commonly used for keeping business contacts

organized (31 percent), scheduling (26 percent), and keeping a task list and/or

assigning tasks to specific employees (23 percent).

“For many businesses, the mobile device is an extension of the office,” said Joe

Langner, executive vice president of Sage North America. “It affords workers the

freedom to leave the office while maintaining the connectivity necessary to keep

business objectives moving forward wherever they are. Mobility can support

collaboration of internal teams by enabling seamless integration between the field and

the office as well as eliminating potential bottlenecks between departments.”

When asked about having a “bring your own device” (BYOD) policy, 48 percent

responded that they already have this policy in place, while 31 percent have not

considered this option. Another 9 percent have considered but decided against a BYOD

strategy for their businesses. Those who decide against a BYOD policy may be missing

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out on a way to capitalize on the growing trend of conducting work activities on mobile

devices, as the Sage survey found that smartphones, regardless of whether provided by

the employer or furnished by the employee, are used for work over 58 percent of the

time.

Langner continued, “Employees are looking to work beyond the ‘four walls.’ Take mobile

salespeople, for example. They need as much data as possible to close a sale. They

need to be able to access their catalog of items, create sales quotes, and even compare

their sales number against their team’s performance and goals. With mobile business

applications, they can do this anywhere; they’re no longer tethered to the office.”

The Sage SMB Survey on Mobile Devices was conducted among 490 respondents and

has an error rate of +/-4.4% with a 95 percent confidence level.

Complete findings from the study are available here.

About Sage

Sage is a leading global supplier of business management software and services

for small and midsized businesses. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was

floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs more than

13,500 people and supports more than 6 million customers worldwide. For more

information about Sage in North America, please visit the company website at

NA.Sage.com. Follow Sage North America on Facebook,

Facebook.com/SageNorthAmerica, and Twitter, Twitter.com/SageNAmerica.

©2013 Sage Software, Inc. All rights reserved. Sage, the Sage logos, and the Sage product and service names mentioned herein

are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sage Software, Inc. or its affiliated entities. All other trademarks are the property of their

respective owners.

Catalyst, Avalution Consulting’s award winning business continuity software, is now available to all organizations at no charge – regardless of size, industry, or geography.  For professionals wanting to tailor the software to their unique approach, Catalyst Pro provides customization options for a low monthly fee.


Cleveland, OH – March 17, 2013 – Avalution Consulting – a leading provider of business continuity consulting and software solutions – announced today the release of a Free and Pro edition of Catalyst business continuity software.

Catalyst is web-based business continuity software that combines a simple user interface and on-screen guides with Avalution’s consulting methodology to make continuity planning easy and repeatable for every organization. 

Features that span all versions of Catalyst include Policy and Procedure Development, Business Impact Analysis, Recovery Strategy Definition, Plan Development (Business and IT), Exercising, and General Program Management.  These features enable users to quickly build comprehensive business continuity and IT disaster recovery programs, with no monthly fee.

“This is an exciting day! We are thrilled to be offering the most innovative business continuity software package available, for free!  The free version of Catalyst includes 10 departments and 5 users, so for thousands of small and medium businesses, compelling business continuity software is finally within reach,” explains Robert Giffin, Director of Technology at Avalution. “Even better, Catalyst Pro provides functionality similar to other software packages currently on the market that cost thousands of dollars a month, but provides the freedom to pay monthly and starts at a base price of just $100 per month.”

Catalyst Pro enables organizations to customize the entire user experience, including:

  • Customizing labels throughout the tool to align the software to the terminology used in their continuity program;
  • Modifying the text provided in the on-screen guides, which describe what information is being requested in each field; and 
  • Reordering and hiding fields to align the software to the format of their continuity program.

Explore the Pro version of Catalyst for 30 days, without entering payment information. To continue with Catalyst Pro when the trial period is over, simply enter payment information. If payment information isn’t provided, the account will automatically transition to a basic Catalyst account. 


>>
Start a 30-day free trial of Catalyst Pro


About Avalution Consulting
Avalution – the 2012 BCI North America Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Company of the Year – is a leading provider of business continuity and IT disaster recovery consulting and software solutions for organizations in both the public and private sectors. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio (USA), Avalution is a BS 25999 certified firm (transitioning to ISO 22301 in 2013) and maintains a contract on GSA Schedule 70.

In addition to Catalyst, Avalution offers an enterprise level business continuity software solution based on the simplicity of Microsoft SharePoint 2010. The Planning Portal is web-based business continuity software that delivers highly customizable tools and processes to assist in managing and executing business continuity and IT disaster recovery programs. Solutions address analysis, planning, awareness generation, exercise planning, notification, live crisis management, and continuous improvement.

866.533.0575 | avalution.com | theplanningportal.com | bccatalyst.com

Media Contact
Courtney Bowers | 866.533.0575

Catalyst, Avalution Consulting’s award winning business continuity software, is now available to all organizations at no charge – regardless of size, industry, or geography.  For professionals wanting to tailor the software to their unique approach, Catalyst Pro provides customization options for a low monthly fee.


Cleveland, OH – March 17, 2013 – Avalution Consulting – a leading provider of business continuity consulting and software solutions – announced today the release of a Free and Pro edition of Catalyst business continuity software.

Catalyst is web-based business continuity software that combines a simple user interface and on-screen guides with Avalution’s consulting methodology to make continuity planning easy and repeatable for every organization. 

Features that span all versions of Catalyst include Policy and Procedure Development, Business Impact Analysis, Recovery Strategy Definition, Plan Development (Business and IT), Exercising, and General Program Management.  These features enable users to quickly build comprehensive business continuity and IT disaster recovery programs, with no monthly fee.

“This is an exciting day! We are thrilled to be offering the most innovative business continuity software package available, for free!  The free version of Catalyst includes 10 departments and 5 users, so for thousands of small and medium businesses, compelling business continuity software is finally within reach,” explains Robert Giffin, Director of Technology at Avalution. “Even better, Catalyst Pro provides functionality similar to other software packages currently on the market that cost thousands of dollars a month, but provides the freedom to pay monthly and starts at a base price of just $100 per month.”

Catalyst Pro enables organizations to customize the entire user experience, including:

  • Customizing labels throughout the tool to align the software to the terminology used in their continuity program;
  • Modifying the text provided in the on-screen guides, which describe what information is being requested in each field; and 
  • Reordering and hiding fields to align the software to the format of their continuity program.

Explore the Pro version of Catalyst for 30 days, without entering payment information. To continue with Catalyst Pro when the trial period is over, simply enter payment information. If payment information isn’t provided, the account will automatically transition to a basic Catalyst account. 


>>
Start a 30-day free trial of Catalyst Pro


About Avalution Consulting
Avalution – the 2012 BCI North America Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Company of the Year – is a leading provider of business continuity and IT disaster recovery consulting and software solutions for organizations in both the public and private sectors. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio (USA), Avalution is a BS 25999 certified firm (transitioning to ISO 22301 in 2013) and maintains a contract on GSA Schedule 70.

In addition to Catalyst, Avalution offers an enterprise level business continuity software solution based on the simplicity of Microsoft SharePoint 2010. The Planning Portal is web-based business continuity software that delivers highly customizable tools and processes to assist in managing and executing business continuity and IT disaster recovery programs. Solutions address analysis, planning, awareness generation, exercise planning, notification, live crisis management, and continuous improvement.

866.533.0575 | avalution.com | theplanningportal.com | bccatalyst.com

Media Contact

Courtney Bowers | 866.533.0575

SunGard Availability Services Releases SunGard Assurancecm to Address Evolving Business Continuity Planning Needs

New era of business continuity assurance focuses on better outcomes and increased confidence

 

Wayne, Pa. – March 18, 2013 – SunGard Availability Services, the leading provider of information availability and disaster recovery services, today announced SunGard Assurancecm, a continuity management Software-as-a-Service offering. The solution, created in partnership with more than 100 SunGard Availability Services’ customers, reduces user pain points surrounding operational resiliency and compliance, and instills a sense of confidence in business outcomes for business leaders and business continuity professionals alike.

A new era is emerging from business continuity’s changing environment, forever changing what matters most. This new era of business continuity assurance shifts the focus from plans to outcomes. In this dynamic era, business continuity assurance drives higher levels of engagement in the process and increases confidence in outcomes.

Business continuity assurance helps customers deliver on the core business benefits of disaster recovery and business continuity planning at the time of need:

 

·         Providing service to customers with less interruption

·         Safeguarding customers and employees before, during and after disaster scenarios

·         Protecting corporate reputation

·         Enhancing shareholder value

“With a 30-year history in disaster recovery and business continuity, SunGard Availability Services had the opportunity to work closely with our customers to perfect SunGard Assurancecm in order to meet their ever-changing needs,” said Louis Grosskopf, general manager, Business Continuity Software, SunGard Availability Services. “It’s about engaging all of us to find the vulnerabilities that matter, to guide the next best action, to expect change and accommodate it often; this is how confidence in plans is created. In this way, SunGard Assurancecm ushers in the business continuity assurance era.”

SunGard Assurancecm is designed to expand the user community, specifically the “novice” planner who engages with the software just a few times each year, for example, a bank branch manager. This new approach helps customers capture valuable input from less technical stakeholders with less effort and higher confidence.

Additional key features include mobile access, granting all users access from mobile devices at any time and from anywhere, as well as performance and uptime. Keeping pace with the “always-on” business model, SunGard Assurancecm provides a guaranteed 99.9 percent uptime SLA, which is especially important for customers in highly-regulated industries where compliance and security issues are paramount.

“Improving business continuity and disaster recovery have been reported as a top ten priority for the last two years on ESG’s IT Spending Research reports, as well as the number one planned data protection initiative in 2012,” says Jason Buffington, senior analyst for data protection at ESG. “Customers of all sizes understand the need for flexible and cost-effective data protection and assured availability. Unfortunately, most don’t have the expertise and resources to pull it off – and those that do are often burdened with other tactical tasks that distract them from their more strategic functions such as business continuity/disaster recovery.  What’s needed are ways to capture the processes and experience of real business continuity/disaster recovery planning and make them accessible to the masses. That is what SunGard is looking to do through Assurancecm.”

Organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to SMBs, are being forced to do more with less and are in search of scalable systems that meet their needs no matter the size. SunGard Assurancecm utilizes SunGard Availability Services’ customized approach to offer a level of scalability required by clients regardless of their environment.

“Our industry has seen a number of different standards and tools over the years that have not made business continuity planning simpler,” said Kathy Robbins, director of Business Continuity, Unum. “SunGard Assurancecm may be the total package as it’s built with customer input, includes a review of all current industry standards and tools and is based on current technology. I am counting the days until I get my hands on SunGard Assurancecm to begin developing my ‘state of the art’ business continuity program with users who enjoy the process of building and maintaining executable business continuity and disaster recovery plans.”

SunGard Assurancecm will be available globally on May 31, 2013. For more information about SunGard Assurancecm, visit www.sungardas.com/software.

 

About SunGard Availability Services

SunGard Availability Services provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software. With approximately five million square feet of datacenter and operations space, SunGard Availability Services helps customers improve the resilience of their mission critical systems by designing, implementing and managing cost-effective solutions using people, process and technology to address enterprise IT availability needs. Through direct sales and channel partners, we help organizations ensure their people and customers have uninterrupted access to the information systems they need in order to do business. To learn more, visit www.sungardas.com or call 1-800-468-7483. Connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -Disaster Recovery Journal has partnered with Business Continuity Institute to cover the International and United States Glossary of Terms. DRJ today released the updated business continuity glossary, which includes updated definitions and terms in the business continuity industry and related fields. 

When paired with today’s BCI release of the latest edition of the Good Practice Guidelines, their dictionary and glossary, the documents provide complete coverage of International and U.S. Glossary of Terms. 

BCI’s GPG has been thoroughly revised to ensure that the 2013 edition includes terminology from ISO 22301:2012, the International Standard for Business Continuity management systems. The GPG are the independent body of knowledge for good business continuity practice worldwide.

DRJ’s updated glossary was compiled by the magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board, who worked diligently to make sure complete terminology and definitions were included.

“Committed industry professionals meet on a monthly basis to discuss Business Continuity terms and definitions.  Our goal is to ensure practitioners have a clear understanding of terms and definitions so they can decide, integrate and communicate the terms to be used in their organizations”, said Colleen Huber, Chairperson of the Editorial Advisory Board Glossary Committee.  

“Our Editorial Advisory Board did an outstanding job of making sure all relevant terms and definitions were included in this glossary,” said Bob Arnold, DRJ President. “I want to thank them for their tireless effort in making this an invaluable tool for practitioners in our profession.”

By releasing the updated material on the same date, DRJ and BCI have united to bring awareness to the new terminology and provide helpful documents for our industry personnel.

“DRJ is pleased to partner with BCI, the industry’s leading educational offering provider, to provide these documents for our industry practitioners,” said Arnold. “With the fast-paced changes that are constantly occurring, it is important to have up-to-date information available for practitioners.”

DRJ’s updated glossary can be found at www.drj.com. The BCI documents are available at