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San Diego served as the setting for one of the most popular conferences in the disaster recovery, business continuity industry. During March 21-24, Disaster Recovery Journal held its 10th Annual Corporate Contingency Planning Seminar and Exhibition, resulting in favorable comments from attendees and vendors alike.

Attendee Hugh Moore commented that the conference was a "tremendous learning experience (and an) opportunity to talk to other professionals." Another attendee agreed, stating: "overall this forum is a wonderful exchange of contacts and the opportunity to discuss other corporations’ efforts in the field."

Over 1,300 business professionals, exhibitors, and speakers participated in this four day event, which provided a successful venue of information, networking, and in-depth sessions. Rich Moczygemba , another attendee, wrote: "I’m impressed with the growth (of DRJ’s conferences). I last attended in 1996 and now see twice the attendees."

The Sunday workshops began the seminar with six instructional components. The group leaders and their topics were: Carl Jackson, CISSP, "Business Impact Assessment How-To"; Gerry Smith, "How to Prepare Your Year 2000 Emergency Response Team"; Mike Cannon, CBCP, "Corporate Emergency Management Process"; Barney Pelant, MBCP, "Business Impact Analysis: Beginning to End"; William Rider, "Print and Mail Recovery Capabilities"; and SunGard Disaster Recovery Services, "Mock Recovery".
Pictures Live From SunGard's Mock Recovery
 
Another popular feature, which opened at noon on Sunday, was the Cyber City Cafe, hosted by IBM. Visitors had unlimited access to the internet while enjoying a cup of coffee. They were also able to visit a simul-cast web site created to display events at IBM’s Summit ‘99 and DRJ’s Spring World ’99.
 
 
Live shot from IBM's Cyber Cafe
 
Sunday evening drew to a close with a Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall. This allowed attendees to get a first glance at the vendors and their booth items on display. Shown during this time, and through out the conference, were the latest products and services within the industry. Sunday’s Welcome Reception offered an opportunity for the participants to meet and mingle with one another, or establish old contacts from prior years.

Monday opened with three General Sessions, and then concluded with three time slots of Breakout Sessions. The opening speaker was Tom Britton, a former CEO of a top-rated Houston Bank. His motivational talk focused on how to recognize communication pitfalls, keep things in balance, and how to make change an ally.
 
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Live Shot from Monday's General Session

The second general session was given by Michael Mulholland, the President of SunGard Recovery Services. He centered his speech on a theme of how the business continuity industry must accept change in the world.

William Wise, CBCP, of Munich-American RiskPartners, presented the third general session. He raised the issue of what will be the role of risk management with the Year 2000 situation. He proposed that the Millenium crisis is not just a computer department issue, but rather, it will affect the entire enterprise system.

The afternoon breakout sessions began with six different tracks: strategic, management, technnical, emergency response, communications, and issues and answers. During each breakout slot a different presentation was made. During the first breakout sessions the presenters and their topics were: Barney Pelant, MBCP, "Developing the BIA Results Into Business Recovery Strategies"; Jeff Williams, "Managing Business Continuity through Integrated Business Operations"; John Kepler, "Legal Ramifications of Y2K"; Gentry Johnson, "Hurricane Georges Recovery Study"; Norman Harris, CRP, "The Vision for the Recovery Planning Industry"; and Scott Anderson, "Getting the Power You Need".

The second breakout session featured another track of speakers and topics: Michael Braham, CBCP, "Continuity Planning, The New Due Diligence"; Ben Taylor, CBCP, "Sustaining the Business Processes by Utilizing Availability Management & Business Continuity Planning Methods"; Raja Iyer, Ph.D., CBCP, "Business Impact Analysis in ERP Environments"; Jerry Sands, CBCP, and Steve Collins, "Developing Recovery Strategies for Small to Mid-sized Businesses"; Tom Berg, "Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide: Real Life Disaster Experience"; and Tari Schreider, "Are you Sure You’ll Be Ready for the Year 2000?".

The third breakout session concluded on Monday with the final speakers and their topics: Tajaunia Braxton, "Import and Export Laws as they Pertain to Recovery Planning and their Strategies"; Kenneth Fussell and Michael Manry, "Turning the Lights On! Utility Deregulation and Contingency Planning"; Barbara Bennett, "The Shadow of the Internet"; Bob Sauers, "High Availability"; Mary Carrido, "Community Wide Impact for Year 2000: Business Continuity Planning for Critical Lifelines and Infrastructures"; and Robert C. Swan, "Debris Management Cycle".

Monday evening concluded the sessions with a hospitality sponsored by StorageTek. The free time allowed the attendees to relax and mingle with one another.

Tuesday opened with two more general sessions. The first was presented by Tari Schreider of Sprint Paranet, with his topic, "Business Continuity Planning in the Next Millennium". The second session was presented by Lloyd Smith, Jr., CBCP, "Sabotage and Terrorism: The Threat, Lessons Learned, and What to Do".

The Exhibit Hall opened once more on Tuesday, allowing visitors to focus on important conversations with the vendors and to obtain information regarding the various products on display.

After an hour lunch, the fourth and final breakout sessions began, showcasing the following speakers and topics: Cris Castro, CBCP, "Y2K and Your Home and Community"; Lawrence Kalmis, FBCI, Alliances for Survival: Minimizing Corporate Exposure through Partnerships and Alliance"; Ahmad Moshiri, "Remote Monitoring and Disaster Avoidance Go Hand in Hand"; Michael Morganti, "The 10 Qualities of a Well Protected Facility"; Edward S. Devlin, "Communicating During a Crisis"; and Benny Taylor, CBCP, "Certification Programs for BCPs".

Following a break in the Exhibit Hall with refreshments and prize drawings, the workshop sessions began Tuesday afternoon: Barry Pruitt, "Project Management Workshop"; Regina Phelps, "Designing and Managing your Emergency Operations Center"; Helen A. Natasia, Esq., "Managing Legal Risks in the Year 2000"; Gregory Sikich, "Managing Crisis at the Speed of Light: the Transition to the Next Millenium"; Tari Schreider and Nona Taitz, "Assessing BCP Maturity Levels Against Industry Best Practices"; and Edward S. Devlin, "The Business Impact Analysis Project".

Tuesday evening provided product demonstrations from the vendors and a night out in Tijuana, Mexico, an entertainment option for the attendees.

Wednesday, the final day of the conference, brought the three final sessions. General Session 6 was presented by John Ticer of Stac, Inc., "Contingency Planning for the Year 2000". General Session 7 was presented by Doug Nagan of IRM, Inc., "Understanding the Length and Breadth of Potential Year 2000 Exposure to You Organization". General Session 8 featured Barry Pruitt of Crisis Avoidance Planning Systems with his topic: "Corporate Madcow Disease for the Millennium".

An attendance prize drawing was held immediately following the close of General Session 7. The winners were: Fred Varian, Southwestern Bell Telephone; John Waccard, Bank of America; Ron Kurtz, CBCP, US West, Inc. Following Wednesday’s lunch, the conference closed. For those who wished to participate, DRI International courses began that afternoon.