TFCC, IntraPoint Announce
COLUMBUS, Ohio and RESTON, Va. — Twenty
First Century Communications (TFCC), provider
of emergency notification solutions and IntraPoint,
leader in incident and crisis management solutions,
has announced a partnership to offer a complete incident command center solution.
The integration of the two solutions provides a
complete incident management and emergency notification offering. This will provide companies with
the capability to manage incidents and crises from a
single dashboard and will allow companies to be prepared when an incident or crisis occurs.
Companies are increasingly seeking automated,
real time crisis decision support systems in order to
ensure that the lifecycle of any incident or crisis can
be effectively managed from planning to execution
and recovery. IntraPoint’s Crisis Manager provides
operational assurance during a crisis by allowing
proper planning, minimized response time, utilization
of geographically dispersed resources, and enabling
minimal negative impact to people, the environment
For more information, visit www.tfcci.com.
Low Cost Disaster Recovery
Plans For Computer Rooms
And Business Units
CHICAGO, Ill. — Persson Associates, in the
business of helping companies develop disaster
recovery plans for more than 25 years, has improved
their web site to not only offer simple, easy to use
planning products but at a cost everyone can afford.
100’s have been sold over the past 10 years.
The products offered by Persson Associates cover
the main areas to address: data centers and business
units (aka departments). They are written in easy to
follow set of “templates” along with specific instructions, chapter by chapter. They cover the planning
requirements from simple contact lists, equipment
requirements, emergency steps, to suggested recovery action task lists. Everything needed to start the
plan development is included.
Now, the disaster recovery plan development
products (all new version 7.0) are available on line,
at our web site, as a download, for $99 each. Do not
let the low price deter you. Go to the web site and
read the recent customer feedback comments about
the ease of use and thoroughness. See what those
who are using the products have to say.
To get started immediately, visit our web site, and
purchase the specific product to fit your needs, pay on
line, and download the product and instructions. Now
all companies can afford to start the disaster recovery plan development process. For more information,
Five Key Considerations in
DR Planning From SunGard
WAYNE, Pa. — Business and technology environments are more complex than ever and the reliance on information technology is firmly entrenched
in the success factors of most organizations. Being
prepared to respond to situations – both planned and
unexpected – that threaten to disrupt essential business systems and processes, is a major corporate
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A recent survey commissioned by SunGard
Availability Services and conducted by Harris
Interactive, found that disaster recovery planning is a
priority for many organizations. Eighty-six percent of
IT executives said they have a disaster recovery plan
in place at their organization. While the economy has
impacted IT budgets overall, 43 percent of IT respondents indicated the economy has not impacted their
disaster recovery investment (including planning) -
with another 33 percent saying investment in disaster
recovery has become more important.
To help organizations in developing disaster
recovery plans, SunGard offers the following counsel.
• The plan starts with employee safety. Every disaster recovery plan needs to begin by addressing
the physical safety and psychological well-being of
• Conduct a business impact analysis. Carry out a
thorough analysis of people, information, application
and other resources to build an understanding of the
consequences - financial and operational - of losing
• Don’t plan in a vacuum. You need to involve all key
stakeholders in the planning process, including IT,
business leaders, human resources, corporate communications, and physical and information security
• Your disaster recovery plan needs to be a living document. Business processes and IT systems undergo
constant change in every organization.
• Your plan can advance your business and marketing goals. For many companies, a disaster recovery
plan is an untapped resource in business partner
and customer relationships.
SunGard business continuity management software helps organizations build and maintain disaster
recovery plans with an industry-standard planning
tool. By leveraging a common platform, it enables
data consistency across multiple planning, testing
and execution-management processes, as well as
seamless enterprise reporting.
For more information, visit www.availability.
NASA Lab Keeps Cool During
LA Fire with Everbridge
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Everbridge, the
world’s recognized leader in incident notification
systems, has announced that NASA’s Jet Propulsion
Laboratory (JPL) used the Everbridge Aware emergency notification system to maintain emergency
communications with its 7,200 employees, contractors and affiliates during the destructive station fire
that charred the Angeles National Forest.
From the onset of the fires through containment
efforts, JPL leveraged the Everbridge emergency
notification service to mobilize response groups; send
critical information about the status of the Laboratory
to personnel; coordinate situation updates and reports
with executives; and activate voluntary urban search
and rescue (USAR) teams.
Everbridge, the world’s recognized leader in incident notification systems, merges technology with
industry expertise to help millions of people communicate in a crisis, manage operational incidents and
connect on a daily basis. The company’s notification platform and incident lifecycle communications
model makes communicating to many as simple and
effective as communicating to one. Organizations
in more than 100 countries—including Salesforce.
com, Air Tran Airways, the American Red Cross, and
Virginia Tech—rely on Everbridge for their emergency notification and day-to-day communication
For more information, visit www.everbridge.
RDAC Software Suite Analyzes
Thousands of Layers of
CHESAPEAKE, Va. — No one could have
guessed the new paradigm for preparedness would
be built by two data experts in a garage. IP Systems
International LLC’s RDAC (Rapid Dynamic
Analytical Capability) Software Suite is a dynamic,
high-speed analytical platform that automatically
analyzes geospatial data to provide an array of capabilities for training, planning, assessment, operations
For instance, RDAC is capable of processing data
from multiple data sets, including geospatial data
points of information, to build probable scenarios
around natural disasters before they occur, potentially saving lives. But the platform’s applications are
extremely diverse; RDAC can manipulate that same
data and new data to provide an intuitive overview of
market penetration for businesses looking to expand
into new locations where the demographic outlook
matches their target audiences.
Perhaps most importantly, RDAC is interoper-able with any system following Open Geospatial
Consortium (OGC) standards – meaning it can interpret data from other databases and programs with
very little manual translation. The software is stand
alone and web-based, so it can be accessed from anywhere in the world.
For more information, visit: www.ipsysi.com/
NFPA DRI International
Partner to Offer Auditor
BOSTON, Mass and NEW YORK, NY – The
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and
the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI)
have joined forces to create an education and certification program that will qualify participants to audit
disaster/emergency management and business continuity programs against existing standards and regulations. Certifications available are: Certified Business
Continuity Auditor (CBCA) or Certified Business
Continuity Lead Auditor (CBCLA).
NFPA, the authority on fire and life safety, and
DRI, the leading certification and education body
in business continuity planning, have announced a
new interactive certification program that provides
training, tools and hands-on experience. Through the
program, participants will be able to apply the key
components of disaster/emergency management and
business continuity, the relevant standards, laws and
regulations, the process of risk assessment, vulnerability analysis, loss prevention, risk mitigation, and
develop, implement, test and maintain their plans and
Course materials delve into existing legal and reg-