Get Your BC Program Off to the Right Start
FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK
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By BOB ARNOLD
The new year has arrived! Let’s hope this one is a better one for business continuity planners and businesses as a whole. While 2009 had many
positives; there were also struggles.
In this issue of Disaster Recovery Journal,
we are focusing on new beginnings and new
solutions for the next decade.
It’s hard to believe the first decade of the
millennium has come to a close. This past
decade has been filled with unbelievable tragedy and a multitude of problems. And yet,
it has also seen tremendous growth in our
industry and new solutions that never could
have been fathomed 10 years ago.
I can’t wait to see the growth in this industry continue. I know the determination of
business continuity planners has not wavered,
nor has the desire to fully protect an organization. But recent economic trends have hampered the true spirit of the industry. Budgets
have been cut and some of the progress we
have made in the last decade has slipped. It
is a sad sight for myself and other industry
In a recent DRJ online exclusive article,
Ted Brown with KetchConsulting lamented
on the difficult subject of gaining executive
commitment. I was very interested in his
comments, as they echoed many thoughts that
I have also had about the industry.
In the article, he gives helpful tips on
making others understand the importance of
funding business continuity programs. It is
unacceptable to regress to the days of letting
interruptions happen and recovering them
after the fact.
It is vital to prove the value of business
continuity to management in a way that they
will understand. Raising awareness and reiterating the need for business continuity cannot
be stressed enough for the new year.
Neglect of your BC program for even
a short while can have devastating effects.
Don’t let your program fall behind. Now is
the time to make the extra effort and fight for
our programs. We know the importance of
planning and I know that none of us want to
revert to the early days of the industry. Look
for Brown’s article on our DRJ site under
Online Exclusive articles.
Richard L. Arnold, CBCP
EDITOR IN CHIEF
Jay Bender, CBCP (Retired)
James Hammill, CBCP
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Jeff Dato, MBCP, Pinnacle Airlines
Edward S. Devlin, CBCP, E.S. Devlin & Assoc.
James Hammill, CBCP, JMH Consulting Inc.
John Jackson, Fusion Risk Management
Jerry Montella, Mail-Gard
Randy Till, CBCP, MasterCard International
Brian Turley, SunGard Availability Services
Belinda Wilson, CBCP, Hewlett-Packard
William Worsley,CBCP, Dow Chemical Company
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