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Traditional Business Continuity Views Have Changed

Written by  Marty Kowalski, MBCP

Change. It remains the one constant in modern business organizations today. Whether subtlety displayed in policy or vividly culminated in corporate downsizing, change is recognized as an ongoing part of business and organizational life in all industries. Business continuity is no stranger to change. No longer a “techie” responsibility handled by the information technology (IT) department, effective business continuity planning is the responsibility of each business unit. And whether or not that responsibility is handled with innovative thinking can be the key to a business thriving or not surviving after a change. Change: Data Complexity Back in the 1980s, when disaster recovery emerged as a formal discipline and a commercial business, the focus was on protecting the data center – the heart of a company’s heavily centralized IT structure. This model began to shift in the early 1990s to encompass distributed computing and client/server technology. Today, critical business data can be found across