DIscover 2019

Discover More in 2019 with BC in the Cloud

As we approach the close of 2018 and look toward 2019, we’re setting our sights on Discover 2019. Building on our inaugural user group conference in October 2017 and our roadshows in 2018, this is going to be our largest customer event yet. We’ve incorporated feedback that we’ve received over the past year from our customers, our partners, and our team to bring you more of what you’ve asked for focusing on our solutions and how you’re using them. I’m excited to announce that the 2019 lineup is packed with customer stories, tips and tricks, interactive labs, and more for a two-and-a-half-day event that you won’t want to miss!

Our venue for 2019 is in downtown Denver at the recently completed Le Meridien hotel. The combination of a city with a rich history like Denver in a location that’s brand new for us provides the ability to both reflect on the past and look toward the future. Our keynote speaker, who will be announced shortly, will set the stage for what will be an energetic and collaborative event. During the evenings, we have events planned to give you views from above the city, as well as, a look into the past at historical venues.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to let me or anyone on our team know. Discover is about you, our customer and partner, and we want to make sure you get the most out of the event. I look forward to discovering more with you in Denver!

Frank Shultz
BC in the Cloud

Business Continuity Manager

What does a next-generation BC manager look like?

The role of a business continuity specialist is rapidly changing with the constant introduction of new technology.  We can’t help but wonder, how will the profile of a business continuity manager evolve?

For those of you reading this blog who might not be familiar with business continuity, let’s rewind to the 80’s.  This was a time when the concept of protecting your entire organization emerged.  Previously, companies were focused on identifying critical systems and how to recover them quickly after an event.  Which would explain why many business continuity professionals transitioned from an IT background.  Paul Kirvan, who wrote the article “Business continuity managers must expand their training to stay viable” spoke of this time saying, “…we have seen the development of the term resilience, which some suggest is the evolution of BC.”

Fast forward to the 90’s and we start to see technology being used in malicious ways posing threats to network security. This quickly became the number one concern of technology professionals.  It was at this time that business continuity planning become more prevalent and accepted by organizations.

Fast forward just a little further and we are here in the 21st century.  It is now that business continuity managers have become an important part of a company’s efforts to understand and manage their impacts on the overall organization.  Realizing the importance of business continuity planning, even academic institutions are starting to offer coursework that highlight risk management, strategic planning, operational analysis and emergency management.

Now that you are up to speed, let’s talk about the future of business continuity managers.  As I mentioned above, the number one concern of any organization is cyber threat.  This concern has opened the door wide to cloud-based solutions, including technologies like: cloud backup, file sync and share, and file server replacement.  Each of these methods being used for data protection. With the advancements in technology, it would not be surprising to see the role of a business continuity manager evolve to have a heavier focus on cybersecurity management and emergency management.

Don’t panic though! This should not pose too much of a problem as the next generation of BCM’s will start to introduce more tech-savvy millennials.  Technologies will continue to help the efforts to recover after a disruption but BCM’s will continue to play a key role in helping to identify the businesses critical processes and applications.