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Reason to attend CPE Event No. 1: Check out the Mobile Recovery Unit!

This is the fifth segment of a five-part series in which we count down the reasons to attend the Fifth Annual Open House and CPE Event hosted by Continuity Centers and Agility Recovery.

We hope that the first four segments of this series gave you enough reason to get on board with attending our Fifth Annual Open House and Contingency Planning Exchange Event on June 17. However, there is one small – scratch that – tremendous draw we have not spoken about in depth yet, and this brings us to our final reason in this countdown to participating in the events that are to come – being able to check out a Mobile Recovery Unit.

As we have asserted throughout this series, there is no substitute for a working knowledge of the intricacies of continuity when it comes to building and executing a flawless strategy to protect processes from disruption. The ability to tour one of these MRUs will work to not only further increase your working knowledge of the backend technology involved in recovery, but why Continuity Centers is a strong choice to provide you with these services.

MRUs: Believe the hype
When you attend the Open House, you will be able to tour both the Workgroup Facilities we have that will show you firsthand the types of support you will receive when a disaster comes to pass, as well as the MRUs. MRUs are what we use when the most serious of disasters come to pass – often those that make accessing the office either unlikely or impossible.

Now, we know that companies are indeed becoming a bit less tethered to the physical workplace, but this does not mean that an event which knocks out the facility will not still be extremely disruptive. As such, MRUs will be deployed to help businesses sustain normal productivity and operational performance in the face of these disaster situations, while both of these components tie into the hands-on, simulation-based learning experience all attendees will enjoy.

From getting ideas about your own potential fortifications and continuity plans to seeing how disaster recovery should be handled by experts in the field, the MRUs will certainly be a sticking point for participants.

See you there!
We hope you enjoyed this series, and check back for more on the event leading up to June 17. Remember, knowledge is power in recovery and continuity, and we intend to teach you everything you need to know to excel.

Reason to attend CPE Event No. 2: Simulations are the keys to successful recovery

This is the fourth segment of a five-part series in which we countdown the reasons to attend the Fifth Annual Open House and CPE Event hosted by Continuity Centers and Agility Recovery.

Even when a company crafts the most comprehensive, intelligent and proverbially perfect continuity and recovery plan, it will be unlikely to really help without testing and simulation. No one can really know how a strategy is going to work until they see it clearly in action, and this is especially true for the technologies in place meant to maintain continuity, as well as the ways in which employees perform under duress.

This is why simulation is among the most critical pieces of the continuity puzzle, and one that takes a lot of expert guidance to get right. For example, a proper simulation would not simply mean pulling the fire alarm. Rather, a more comprehensive simulation that shows impacts to technologies and evokes natural responses among users will be key. This brings us to our second-to-last post in our countdown of reasons to attend the Fifth Annual Open House and Contingency Planning Exchange event hosted by Continuity Centers and Agility Recovery, and this is simulation.

The real experience
Attendees will get opportunities to understand disaster recovery and continuity on a deeper level through a simulation, and will also enjoy the hands-on element involved. After all, you could just open YouTube and find a video that simulates a disaster and how a business reacts, but will this actually help you to get the strategy right in your own business?

Simulations will improve your understanding of continuity.
Simulations will improve your understanding of continuity.

We think not. Rather, there is no substitute for hands-on learning that puts you right into the situation, and moves along slowly enough for you to formulate your own thoughts and opinions on how these challenges will impact your company and what will need to be done to get top marks in this category. Participants will also get to see a Mobile Recovery Unit, which is used in real-life to help companies maintain productivity amid a disastrous situation, further broadening their horizons with respect to continuity expertise.

A sound decision
Education is everything in recovery and continuity, and the Fifth Annual Open House and CPE event will help to strengthen your real-life and applicable knowledge regarding these topics to ensure you survive the next major threat to operations.

Reason to attend CPE Event No. 3: Meeting the professionals

This is the third segment of a five-part series in which we countdown the reasons to attend the Fifth Annual Open House and CPE Event hosted by Continuity Centers and Agility Recovery.

In today’s rapidly transforming and increasingly volatile private sector, business leaders are tasked with balancing a proverbial universe of responsibilities, which has been no easy pursuit. Because of how quickly technology has evolved and trends move from being optional to requirements of operating in the modern era, the focus has been significantly shifted toward IT, further increasing the pressure on decision-makers to strike the right chords in stride.

As necessity is the mother of invention, managed service providers and IT vendors have been critical supporters of business owners in recent years, and this is likely to be the case for decades to come. In the realm of disaster recovery and operational continuity, these firms have been even more vital. This brings us to our No. 3 reason to attend the Fifth Annual Open House and Contingency Planning Exchange this June – you will be able to meet the experts and professionals from Continuity Centers who can help empower your strategies.

Continuity Centers overview
We have worked hard to master the art and science of disaster recovery and continuity for roughly 15 years now, which puts us in a unique position given our experiences throughout the dramatic evolution that has taken place since we began. Since the start, Continuity Centers has been focused on the development and execution of services and strategies that will ensure the integrity of client operations regardless of obstacles, challenges, complexities and threats.

Join us at this event to meet our experts and build a strong continuity-based partnership.
Join us at this event to meet our experts and build a strong continuity-based partnership.

Because recovery only became a highly common and widely accepted component of corporate strategies a little less than a decade ago, we have seen the ways in which the movement has evolved from the ground up. Another strategic differentiator here is our ability to deliver comprehensive recovery and continuity services, with data, servers, power generators, dial-tone and dedicated workspaces for employees all being on the table.

In short, we are a powerful partner to our clients in the continuity and recovery game.

Learn from the professionals
We invite you to join us for the Fifth Annual Open House and CPE events June 17, and we look forward to speaking with you one-on-one about business continuity, disaster recovery, your needs and the best options to protect your business from any and all threats that might come to pass.

Reason to attend CPE Event No. 4: Networking and learning from peers

This is the second segment of a five-part series in which we countdown the reasons to attend the Fifth Annual Open House and CPE Event hosted by Continuity Centers and Agility Recovery.

To continue our countdown of the reasons why you should consider attending the Fifth Annual Open House and Contingency Planning Exchange Event, let's talk about the value of networking and brainstorming with like-minded peers. As many business owners have likely already found out, learning from the mistakes and successes of others can be an excellent way to get the job done right the first time, and this might never be more true than in the case of risk management. 

Business continuity and disaster recovery problems have plagued the private sector for decades, but plenty of lessons have been learned by victims to comprehensively educate a new leader on the best practices and potential errors involved in these strategies. As such, since many business leaders who are seeking knowledge regarding business continuity and disaster recovery will be at these two events, there will be plenty of opportunities to network. 

Synergy
The Gestalt idea that the whole can be different from the sum of its parts resonates a bit here, as like-minded individuals going through this type of educational experience can lead to stronger performances on individual bases. The Fifth Annual Open House and CPE will give participants opportunities to learn more about BC/DR best practices, common mistakes and other helpful information, as well as the experience of working alongside others through the complex concepts and materials therein. 

As a note, there will be a networking component of this event to ensure participants get a chance to speak with one another, as well as the experts who will be guiding the lessons. All of this will combine to create a more advantageous experience for all involved. Considering the inherent and severe risks of not having a proper BC/DR plan in place, the networking portion and plethora of lessons to be learned will be valuable, to say the least. 

Robust interactions
Between the opportunities to discuss matters with experts and networking with other participants, attendees will leave the separate Open House and CPE event with a far more robust understanding of everything BC/DR. This will put them in a better position to protect their companies from all types of threats, including natural disasters and unplanned, man-made downtime. 

Check back soon for our No. 3 reason to attend!

Reason to attend CPE Event No. 5: You’re thinking about investing in better BC/DR

This is the first segment of a five-part series in which we countdown the reasons to attend the Fifth Annual Open House and CPE Event hosted by Continuity Centers and Agility Recovery.

The business continuity and disaster recovery segments of operational and performance management have become a bit more pressing in the past few years. Natural disasters, man-made disruptions, cyber threats and other causes of downtime have not only become more prevalent and damaging, they have also started to play a more fundamental role in general operations for most companies. 

Not so long ago, there were plenty of industries that did not have such an immense reliance upon technologies, but this is simply not the case anymore, as virtually every entity in the private sector now requires access to networks, data storage, advanced communications and other systems to function normally. As such, many business owners are likely thinking about investing in better business continuity and disaster recovery assets, and this is our No. 5 reason why leaders should attend the Contingency Planning Exchange meeting and Open House event hosted by Continuity Centers and Agility Recovery. 

Smarter investment decisions
One of the more difficult and critical aspects of BC/DR strategic overhauls is aligning investments with unique needs and objectives. When a firm takes an entirely cookie-cutter approach to these matters, it acts as an indication that there simply is not enough knowledge in the organization related to these areas, then provides the first step toward failing to actually protect the company despite the higher volume of investments. 

Thinking about investing more in BC/DR? Attend the Open House and CPE!Thinking about investing more in BC/DR? Attend the Open House and CPE!

As a business owner, you need to understand the broad and intricate aspects of BC and DR, and the Fifth Annual Open House hosted by Continuity Centers and Agility Recovery and CPE event, will instill this knowledge in a more specialized fashion. Since experts in the areas of continuity and recovery will be speaking, attendees get a first-hand perspective on what need to be the guiding lights for investment decisions. 

Stronger outcomes
Business leaders who are thinking about investing more into BC/DR will also gain an edge from attending this event due to the hands-on experiences of activities involved therein. Going through these simulation-based activities will illuminate the unique and specific needs of their companies with greater accuracy and intensity, making it less likely that a stone will be left unturned or money will be allocated toward unnecessary or irrelevant expenditures. 

So, for this No. 5 part of the countdown, you should attend the Open House and CPE to better guide you through decisions related to increased investments in BC/DR. Come back soon for more!

Why should you attend the Fifth Annual Open House and Contingency Planning Exchange?

Through the past decade or so, the rules of engagement and best practices of business continuity have transformed significantly. On top of these evolving risks has been an increasing sense of urgency in the verbiage of advocacy groups and politicians who seek to clarify why leaders in the private sector must focus more on operational continuity. 

There are simply no signs to indicate that the progression and transformation of risk will slow or stabilize any time soon, and this is one of the many reasons why business owners should take advantage of every opportunity they get to learn more about continuity. On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Continuity Centers and Agility Recovery will be hosting the Fifth Annual Open House and Contingency Planning Exchange (CPE) in Woodbury, New York, to educate participants in modern risk management and continuity. 

What will take place at this event?
The CPE will involve sessions in which thought leaders discuss the various risks that can lead to downtime, ranging from natural disasters and human error to cybersecurity attacks and beyond. Then, those continuity experts will bring participants through the best practices of mitigating risks and minimizing the threat of disruption and downtime in a real-world-centric fashion, teaching not only the options businesses have to maximize continuity, but also how to get strategies into motion. 

Since theoretical knowledge can only take a leader so far with respect to a major strategic demand such as continuity, participants will receive hands-on, experiential lessons that yield real-world knowledge and the ability to put the concepts into practice.

Sign up for CPE today to better understand how you can strengthen your business continuity plan. Sign up for CPE today to better understand how you can strengthen your business continuity plan.

As a note, attendees will also be able to check out the Mobile Recovery Units that Continuity Centers offers to clientele that help to maintain productivity even in the most precarious of situations. Through participation, those who attend will have a more well-rounded understanding of business continuity, as well as the tools available to dramatically reduce risk and minimize operational disruptions.

With that brief overview of the event itself, let's dive into the reasons why you and virtually all business owners should consider participating. 

Why is an event like CPE important?
We could throw a lot of statistics at you to make it clear why business continuity and disaster recovery should be top priorities for every company, but one staggering detail should get the job done here. Back in 2014, Gartner analyst Andrew Lerner explained that network downtime alone will translate to an average of $5,600 per minute. If that is not enough to clarify how serious of a threat this can be, he also noted that the financial damages go up exponentially for longer time frames, reaching more than $300,000 an hour, and into the millions when downtime lasts for consecutive days.

"No business can afford the high cost of downtime."

No business can really afford these levels of loss, and this does not even delve into the aspects of client trust in brands, employee engagement and a wealth of other potential indirect damages. CPE is an important and worthwhile event because it proactively instills the knowledge and awareness into business leaders who participate to bolster the power of their business continuity and disaster recovery plans. 

Knowledge, after all, is indeed power in this discussion, and the time to get educated in these matters is now. 

The event will be held between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., and the Open House will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Space is limited, so act now by registering at http://www.continuitycenters.com.

Global DRaaS industry won’t let up

Organizations worldwide have embraced Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service to safeguard mission-critical assets from disruptions. A Transparency Market Research report suggested the global DRaaS sector will increase from $621.3 million in 2013 to more than $10.5 billion by 2022, experiencing a compound annual growth of rate of 36 percent, Ping! Zine reported.

The research organization explained organizations are adopting DRaaS to support their information technology and IT-enabled departments, including minimizing downtime and delivering services to clients every hour of the day. In many respects, DRaaS has evolved from an option to an essential requirement for completing these tasks.

Businesses unable to maintain operational efficiency for their customers will likely struggle to achieve brand loyalty. Whether brands are consumer-facing or company-facing, downtime is unacceptable among both parties.

"The global DRaaS marketplace is surging."

In addition to addressing the above tasks, Transparency Market Research explained DRaaS is also a cost-effective service that is automated, easier to test and offers faster recovery and increased flexibility. Businesses – micro, small and medium-sized firms – are the ones driving the global DRaaS market.

This finding should not be surprising, given that these organizations lack the resources of large enterprises that can procure the best disaster recovery solutions on the market and develop robust internal IT departments. DRaaS enables companies, regardless of size, to receive the necessary support to avoid prolonged periods of downtime without the maintenance and costs required with on-premise equipment.

Other reports expect much of the same
A MarketsandMarkets report also suggested the global DRaaS industry will experience rapid growth in the years ahead. The research firm projected the sector to increase from $641 million in 2013 to roughly $5.8 billion by 2018, good for a CAGR of 55.2 percent.

The research organization detailed the financial benefits of DRaaS compared to traditional solutions. The latter often accounts for a bulk of yearly IT expenditures, while the former includes a pay-as-you-go service model.

This type of flexible pricing is ideal for businesses that want to be charged for the resources they consume, as opposed to buying on-site equipment that requires an upfront capital investment that may never be used to full capacity.

Certain industries are the leading the way adopting DRaaS.Certain industries are the leading the way adopting DRaaS.

Banking, financial services and insurance relying heavily on DRaaS
Certain industries are expected to lead the charge adopting DRaaS, Transparency Market Research said. Banking, financial services and insurance, government and public organizations, manufacturing, e-commerce, retail and telecommunications companies are all turning to the service. The BFSI segment in particular appears to be among the most staunch supporters of DRaaS.

With such a wide pool of organizations turning their attention to DRaaS, one would surmise that there will be many first-time adopters of the service in the near future. Businesses that want to implement the solution without any complications should consider contacting recovery specialists to oversee the process. These providers are experts in helping clients select the most appropriate disaster models for their respective firms.

Disasters can strike at any time, causing prolonged periods of downtime that may severely harm a company's long-term growth prospects. Recovery specialists make sure customers receive the necessary support to sustain operations at all times.

Global DRaaS industry won’t let up

Organizations worldwide have embraced Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service to safeguard mission-critical assets from disruptions. A Transparency Market Research report suggested the global DRaaS sector will increase from $621.3 million in 2013 to more than $10.5 billion by 2022, experiencing a compound annual growth of rate of 36 percent, Ping! Zine reported.

The research organization explained organizations are adopting DRaaS to support their information technology and IT-enabled departments, including minimizing downtime and delivering services to clients every hour of the day. In many respects, DRaaS has evolved from an option to an essential requirement for completing these tasks.

Businesses unable to maintain operational efficiency for their customers will likely struggle to achieve brand loyalty. Whether brands are consumer-facing or company-facing, downtime is unacceptable among both parties.

"The global DRaaS marketplace is surging."

In addition to addressing the above tasks, Transparency Market Research explained DRaaS is also a cost-effective service that is automated, easier to test and offers faster recovery and increased flexibility. Businesses – micro, small and medium-sized firms – are the ones driving the global DRaaS market.

This finding should not be surprising, given that these organizations lack the resources of large enterprises that can procure the best disaster recovery solutions on the market and develop robust internal IT departments. DRaaS enables companies, regardless of size, to receive the necessary support to avoid prolonged periods of downtime without the maintenance and costs required with on-premise equipment.

Other reports expect much of the same
A MarketsandMarkets report also suggested the global DRaaS industry will experience rapid growth in the years ahead. The research firm projected the sector to increase from $641 million in 2013 to roughly $5.8 billion by 2018, good for a CAGR of 55.2 percent.

The research organization detailed the financial benefits of DRaaS compared to traditional solutions. The latter often accounts for a bulk of yearly IT expenditures, while the former includes a pay-as-you-go service model.

This type of flexible pricing is ideal for businesses that want to be charged for the resources they consume, as opposed to buying on-site equipment that requires an upfront capital investment that may never be used to full capacity.

Certain industries are the leading the way adopting DRaaS.Certain industries are the leading the way adopting DRaaS.

Banking, financial services and insurance relying heavily on DRaaS
Certain industries are expected to lead the charge adopting DRaaS, Transparency Market Research said. Banking, financial services and insurance, government and public organizations, manufacturing, e-commerce, retail and telecommunications companies are all turning to the service. The BFSI segment in particular appears to be among the most staunch supporters of DRaaS.

With such a wide pool of organizations turning their attention to DRaaS, one would surmise that there will be many first-time adopters of the service in the near future. Businesses that want to implement the solution without any complications should consider contacting recovery specialists to oversee the process. These providers are experts in helping clients select the most appropriate disaster models for their respective firms.

Disasters can strike at any time, causing prolonged periods of downtime that may severely harm a company's long-term growth prospects. Recovery specialists make sure customers receive the necessary support to sustain operations at all times.