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Arnold-BobAh, summertime – the pace of life has slowed down a bit and it seems like everyone is out enjoying the fresh warm summer days. This time of the year is when we often find ourselves being more active, visiting with friends and family more and taking some much-needed downtime.

Of course though, as you know, business continuity never really takes a day off. For those of you who are responsible for the day-to-day success and future of your organization, you know how vital it is to always be prepared.

Luckily, now in 2015, it is easier than ever to be connected, up-to-date and in contact with your team and vital contacts. Such is the beauty and some would say curse of technology. We never really are far from work thanks to our smart phones, tablets, Wi-Fi, and constant contact networks.

We’ve got apps that allow you to send business continuity plan updates with a swipe of your finger, apps that alert you when there is a traffic disruption, oncoming weather system or fire at your building, and apps that allow you to keep tabs on your production and delivery lines.

But, these apps can’t do all the work for you. With these technological advancements also come demands for new skill sets, changes in how best to communicate, plan, and react, and how to manage your internal and external resources. Having the latest app on your smartphone won’t help you if you don’t understand how to develop your plan or understand the best ways to use social media to communicate in times of threat or disaster.

So what does this mean for you? It means that you need to be constantly pushing your boundaries. Learning more, trying to stay ahead of the curve and doing your best to apply the knowledge and skills you have gained. One of the best ways to do this is in working with others – building teams at your organization who are responsible for ensuring that the latest whiz-bang tool is being implemented properly and that everyone involved knows the differences between Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

You and I learn best from others. We can bounce ideas off of one another. I can learn from your first-hand experiences with a threat or disaster and apply these lessons to my organization. We can show each other how easy it is to send out a message to key team members with a swipe or tap on your smart phone.

There are those that will be left behind in this massive technology shift that we’re experiencing. You and I cannot afford to be these people. This is why constant learning, constant questioning, and constant networking are fundamental to our day-to-day. This is why even during these long, hot, lazy summer days, we’re thinking about business and how best to protect it.

This helps explain the theme for DRJ Fall World 2015: Business Resiliency Today, Tomorrow and Beyond. A read-through of the agenda for our 53rd conference reveals how integral technology and learning from first-hand experience really is. Learning today what you need to do tomorrow is vital to the longevity of your organization.