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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 experts.

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.

I hope that you will let DRJ help you with these tough tasks. We are doing everything we can to offer low-cost training and awareness programs to business continuity planners from all industries and all experience levels.

Our magazine is free, our site is loaded with helpful tips, we are offering free webinars and we have our incredible conferences at the lowest cost in the industry.

Let’s make this the year to bring our programs back to the forefront. There is immeasurable value in a well-planned business continuity program. Take a few moments to examine Brown’s article and browse our site. You will find an immeasurable amount of information that can help you get your BC program off to the right start in 2010. This magazine is also packed with helpful articles written by a variety of industry experts.

In addition, make strides in educating others – and yourself- about all this industry does have and all that it still needs to accomplish. It’s the only way to make sure your program continues to thrive.

Our next conference will be March 21-24 in Orlando, Fla. Spring World 2010 is a very affordable option for the amazing amount of training and benefits you will receive. I hope that you will help continue the growth in our industry and attend this conference. We need to get back

on track and this is a great place to start. For registration discounts and a full agenda, visit PRESIDENT