EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
You Are Not Alone
Kathleen Aris, CMP
SunGard Availability Services Inc.
By DAVID A. SHIMBERG, CBCP
Linda R. Garcia, ABCP
Sandia National Laboritories
The business continuity planning uni- verse, many new planners have been told to explore and conquer, may seem like vast, dark, threatening, and lonely place.
Time/resource constraints, a confusing array of
acronyms, methodologies, products, services, and
vendors, all contribute to the disorientation. If you
feel you are adrift in this vast ocean, do not despair
you are not alone!
As budgets are tightened, getting the training
or help needed to build or advance your business
continuity program may be increasingly difficult.
There are, however, a wide variety of resources
available to novice and experienced business continuity planners. Just what options are available to
you, and what are the benefits of each. What I offer
is hardly exhaustive, but may provide options you
may have overlooked or previously discarded, and
may deserve reconsideration.
u Online journals are readily available, free or low cost,
and may provide online blogs, Webinars, or other
resources that facilitate answers to specific questions.
The DRJ Editorial Advisory Board, for example
responds to blog/forum posts and specific questions
submitted by other professionals.
u Professional journals and periodicals may also be free
or relatively inexpensive. These are good sources of
information on a wide variety of topics for our profession
and may provide industry specific information.
u Professional peer groups range from free to expensive,
but provide the ability to network with professionals
across all experience levels. Many are local or regional
making access to meetings affordable. Of particular
value is the ability to network and connect with others
with similar issues who will share their solutions,
experiences and lessons learned. Some professional
peer groups also host blogs or information sharing
tools, and may also host local or regional conferences
u Certifying organizations offer a variety of professional
training focused on achieving or maintaining
professional certifications and professional growth.
These organizations promote industry/professional
standards and best practices, which are often posted
on their websites.
u Professional or industry conferences, like DRJ, provide
the opportunity to network with other professionals
from across a much wider spectrum of industries
and experience and the learning opportunities from
workshops, sessions, and vendors is likely to be greater
than available at local or regional professional peer
group conferences. Vendor exhibits at larger industry
conferences provide information and demonstrations of
products, services, and solutions that are unlikely to be
easily available elsewhere.
u Consultants may also be a source of information and
experience on a wide variety of topics and issues within
David A. Shimberg, CBCP, is business continuity and disaster recovery manager at Premier, Inc., a hospital performance improvement
alliance with 1,700 participating not-for-profit hospitals and health
systems serving communities nationwide. He is currently board chairman of CPAC, chairman of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg All Hazards
Advisory Committee, and a member of the Disaster Recovery Journal
Editorial Advisory Board.
Robert Giffin, CBCP, CISA
J. Frank Lady III,
CBCP, CISSP, PMP, MA, MSt, MBA
Bank of America
Peter Laz, MBCP
W. Martin Myers, MS, MBCP
Bank of America
James O. Price Jr., CBCP
3J Contingency Planning Services
Ken Schroeder, CBCP
David A. Shimberg, CBCP
Sue Simpson, CBCP
Lisa A. Smallwood,
MBCP, FBCI, CISA, ITIL
Sara Williams, CBCP
Jack Henry & Associates
Editorial Advisory Board members at Fall World 2009 include: Ken Schroeder, Peter Laz, Dave Shimberg, Martin
Myers, Sue Simpson, Michele Turner, Yvonne Lewis, Sue Kerr, Kathleen Aris, Frank Lady, Dave Ziev, Rob Giffin, and
David H. Ziev, MBCP, MBCI
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