What I’ll Probably Do is… Nothing

As Hurricane Irene approached the East Coast last August, threatening businesses from the Carolinas all the way through to Maine, workplaces were filled with chatter about what – if anything – people were doing to get ready. While some shared concerns with coworkers and discussed the best ways to prepare, others blew off the impending… Continue reading What I’ll Probably Do is… Nothing

An Interview with Henry Jackson of NYC Office of Emergency Management

Henry Jackson is the deputy commissioner and CIO of the NYC Office of Emergency Management. He is responsible for information technology, geospatial information systems, logistics, facilities and fleet. He has worked at OEM since 1999. Phelan: What are the essential IT operations that support the office of emergency management? Jackson: Communications are paramount, both internal… Continue reading An Interview with Henry Jackson of NYC Office of Emergency Management

An Interview with Henry Jackson of NYC Office of Emergency Management

Henry Jackson is the deputy commissioner and CIO of the NYC Office of Emergency Management. He is responsible for information technology, geospatial information systems, logistics, facilities and fleet. He has worked at OEM since 1999. Phelan: What are the essential IT operations that support the office of emergency management? Jackson: Communications are paramount, both internal… Continue reading An Interview with Henry Jackson of NYC Office of Emergency Management

Myth-Busting the Obstacles to Disaster Recovery Planning

Until recently, obstacles such as cost, “low-risk” perception, limited staff, and lack of technical knowledge have stymied disaster recovery (DR) planning for many businesses. While these concerns may have been valid reasons to neglect DR planning five years ago, technological advancements are now changing this scenario. Today, for most businesses, DR planning is not only… Continue reading Myth-Busting the Obstacles to Disaster Recovery Planning

Myth-Busting the Obstacles to Disaster Recovery Planning

Until recently, obstacles such as cost, “low-risk” perception, limited staff, and lack of technical knowledge have stymied disaster recovery (DR) planning for many businesses. While these concerns may have been valid reasons to neglect DR planning five years ago, technological advancements are now changing this scenario. Today, for most businesses, DR planning is not only… Continue reading Myth-Busting the Obstacles to Disaster Recovery Planning

From Pocket to Recovery Center in a Flash

True business continuity means keeping your business running. If people cannot get back to work and be productive after a disaster, all of the resources that you expended to protect your data centers to keep them running was a waste of money. There are a number of companies that offer workspace recovery in a fixed… Continue reading From Pocket to Recovery Center in a Flash

From Pocket to Recovery Center in a Flash

True business continuity means keeping your business running. If people cannot get back to work and be productive after a disaster, all of the resources that you expended to protect your data centers to keep them running was a waste of money. There are a number of companies that offer workspace recovery in a fixed… Continue reading From Pocket to Recovery Center in a Flash

Training and Awareness in Business Continuity

Benjamin Franklin said, “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” I’m certain if the business continuity and emergency management fields were in place during Franklin’s time, he would have found them to be both interesting and worthwhile. And it’s in these fields that we can find great… Continue reading Training and Awareness in Business Continuity

Training and Awareness in Business Continuity

Benjamin Franklin said, “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” I’m certain if the business continuity and emergency management fields were in place during Franklin’s time, he would have found them to be both interesting and worthwhile. And it’s in these fields that we can find great… Continue reading Training and Awareness in Business Continuity

Disaster in the Making Without a Records and Information Management Program

In the weeks and months that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, about 25 companies located in or around New York’s World Trade Center immediately accessed the mission-critical back-up data needed to get their businesses up and running again. Among them was Cantor Fitzgerald, the bond-trading firm that lost nearly 700 employees that terrible… Continue reading Disaster in the Making Without a Records and Information Management Program