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Apr 22

Let's have some fun?

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Testing , STORServer , STORServer , DR Test , Disaster Recovery Planning , Disaster Recovery , Disaster Recovery , Business Continuity Planning

Jarrett F Potts

So you have planned.  You have a strategy.  You are ready.

Are you really?

Apr 19

Industries that Will Gain from Adopting the Cloud

Posted by Adnan Raja in Cloud Hosting

Adnan Raja

The phenomenon of cloud computing has been a trending topic for the past few years. As the technology improves, companies are increasingly coming to rely on cloud hosting capabilities and the countless benefits it offers. You may just be surprised by the various industries that have much to gain by adopting the cloud.

The need and demand for education will never decrease, and is actually one of the fastest‐growing industries in the world. By incorporating cloud services into the everyday business routine, educators will be able to host classes remotely, interact on a more personal level in online classes, and collaborate with peers and students with greater ease.

Apr 18

Succession Planning in the BCP Arena - How Deep to Drill?

Posted by Gregg Jacobsen in Untagged 

Gregg Jacobsen

When executives talk about succession planning, they mainly limit the discussion to C-level staff (themselves) and who should succeed them if one (or more) of them get hit by the proverbial beer truck.  Real worst case scenarios of the past include almost the entire executive staff of a major company in a car that was hit by a train.  But that kind oif event is truly rare, and some companies still limit how many execs are "allowed" on the same flight itineraries.  But sucession planning limited to such a small group of the enterprise population really belies a failure to understand what the BIA data should be telling them.

In a prior life, I was a Quality Project Manager in the defense industry.  When the Cold War ended, my company was nearing the end of a huge contract, and announced a "golden parachute plan" for staff nearing retirement age.  Among the most motivated takers was an engineer who designed a highly successful system used on Navy warships.  He was also, however, the only person who fully understood the detailed architecture of the system and the antiquated programming language that was still running those systems, more than 20 years old.  And the Navy was buying more of them.  Engineering and Program Management executives realized they need this guy arround, but they couldn't just deny him the retirement package.  So, they made him a lucrative offer to keep him around long enough to capture his genius on paper. 
But that was an anomaly: few comapnies ever take a serious look at epople below their immediate reports.  And that is a serious mistake.  Companies, especially large and growing ones, have people who are running some process or operation that only they know how to run efficiently and/or properly.  They probably don't think of themselves as irreplacable, but then, niether do thier bosses.  That thinking needs to change: go back to the BIA data and see if it includes the names of people wo are deemed "critical."  If not, perhaps it's a good time to scrutinize the BIAs and find those for the most critical processes, especially those that drive the revenue stream, customer satisfaction, and stakeholder and stockholder confidence.  Then start looking at strategies to prtect against their loss, just like they were a mainframe running the financials.

Apr 17

Event Security

Posted by Vicki Thomas in Boston Marathon

Vicki Thomas

The two bombs that exploded during Monday's Boston Marathon have left many people asking "How could this have happened?" and "What could have been done to prevent such attacks?". These thoughts and questions are being heard on the radio, television, websites, and social media - essentially most people are stunned and in shock over the two explosions that killed three people and left countless others injured.

In parellel with these questions of disbelief and shock there is also a large group of people who are not as surprised or shocked. These are people who are involved in event security, event planning, disaster management, and law enforcement. That's right the very planners and organizers of such large events as the Boston Marathon, the Super Bowl, Thanksgiving Day parades - essentially any other outdoor "insecure" event - has thought about, planned for, considered and worried about an attack such as the one that occurred on Monday.

Apr 16

Hindsight: The Perfect Science

Posted by Gregg Jacobsen in Untagged 

Gregg Jacobsen

In the wake of the horrific bombing in Boston yesterday, there have been no "claims of responsibility" by a terrorist group, but it is highly likely the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have a few in mind they "like for it."  So does everyone else, but from the viewpoint of our profession, a so-called "random act of violence," that is, one that's not expected in any way, is not easy to anticipate.  Why the Boston Marathon?  An easy target: open streets filled with potential victims.  But unlike many bombings, there was no "warning shot" - an anonymous caller saying "something bad is going to happen." 
Perhaps the only thing that could have helped was more "feet on the ground" - police and undercover law enforcement - keeping their eyes out for the person carrying a suitcase of backpack who casually sets it down near the sidewalk or curb amid the crowds near the finish line.  That might have helped, but then, that's just hindsight.  But if and when we do learn who the perpetrator(s) was, it still won't undo the mayhem, BUT we may learn more about how we might have been better prepared.  And that's a good thing.

Apr 12

Mark Your Calendar For DRJ Fall World

Posted by Vicki Thomas in DRJ Fall World

Vicki Thomas

Can you tell that we're excited about DRJ Fall World 2013? Suppose two blog posts in less than a month is a hint that we're looking forward to Sept. 22-25 in the fine city of San Diego, California.

We've got a new website to go along with our new conference location. All good reasons to visit the DRJ Fall World 2013 website and get a head start on planning your conference sessions and visit to San Diego.

Mar 28

What Makes a Great Recovery Plan?

Posted by Courtney Bowers in Business Continuity , Avalution Blogs

Courtney Bowers

By Glen Bricker, Avalution Consulting
Article originally posted on Avalution Consulting’s Blog

The goal of any recovery plan, regardless of the size or nature of the organization, is to protect life, minimize damage from an event, and quickly resume the delivery of critical products and services to meet customer requirements.  How this is accomplished, however, not only depends on the nature of the organization, but also its customers, size and resources, and culture.  The objective is to build plans that are based on realistic requirements, fit within the organization’s culture, and remain cost effective and appropriate.  The remainder of this article will discuss these characteristics and how they are incorporated into recovery plans. 

Mar 27

Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) 2013 are now launched

Posted by The BCI in Untagged 


Monday 18th March saw the official launch of the Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) 2013, the independent body of knowledge for good Business Continuity (BC) practice worldwide.  

The launch of GPG 2013 signifies a memorable event for BC professionals all around the world and marks a key milestone for the Business Continuity Institute (BCI).  Its release has met with great enthusiasm and has been applauded around the globe as a key tool in achieving organizational resilience.

Mar 25

Choosing a Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Solution

Posted by Adnan Raja in Disaster Recovery , Cloud Server

Adnan Raja

The most distinct benefit of cloud computing is its inherent cost effectiveness. However, the cloud offers another advantage that is not so pronounced: disaster recovery.

Traditional hosting plans offer several options for a variety of disaster recovery needs, but these options still pale in comparison to those offered through cloud hosting. Since the physical servers are located in a very secure data center, information is kept safe—even during natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes.

Mar 22

Announcing Fall World 2013

Posted by Vicki Thomas in DRJ Fall World

Vicki Thomas

Hot on the heels of the success of Spring World 2013, DRJ has announced the dates and location for its industry leading fall conference: Fall World 2013.

Fall World 2013 will be in San Diego, California from Sept. 22 - 25 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.