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Thursday, 22 November 2007 02:54

Volunteer to Expand Your Knowledge

Written by  Brian Jilek, ABCP, ARM, ChFC

Perhaps you drew the shortest straw. Maybe you didn’t step backwards fast enough when volunteers were called. Or maybe you are a glutton for punishment and volunteered for this worthy assignment. I fell into the last category in June of 2001. I worked as a business analyst within the information technology (IT) department of a Fortune 500 firm. I was looking for a change in responsibilities, and I talked to a potential manager who said they wanted a “business recovery coordinator.” I didn’t know what that was, but hey, it sounded exciting. My task involved preparedness for an entire line of business that ran the gamut of opportunity – service providers, outsourced work, internal processing, some plans already well written, other plans lacking. In the fall of 2001, I took the DRI International (DRII) DRP 901 class. And, in January 2002, I received the DRII Associate Business Continuity Planner (ABCP) certification. As I