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New Zealanders Briefed On Business Continuity

Wed, 1 Sep 2004

New Zealanders Briefed On Business Continuity And The Civil Defence Act

Leading business continuity, crisis management and IT disaster recovery professionals will meet at the Wellington Convention Centre on Thursday, 30 September 2004 for the NZ Business Continuity Conference.

The comprehensive schedule includes presentations amongst others from John Norton, Director, Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, Karen Cronin, Lecturer, School of Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, Richard Krogh, General Manager, Network Assets, Powerco Ltd.

Well known Business Continuity Consultant, David Thompson from XACTA Group in Wellington, describes Business Continuity Management as a holistic management process that identifies potential impacts that threaten reputation, brand and value creating activities of an organisation. It provides a framework for building resilience and the capability for an effective response and recovery.

He is impressed by the programme and believes it is very timely. "The importance of comprehensive Business Continuity Management is underrated in many organisations" Mr Thompson said. "Many organisations are wise in hindsight, but by then the damage to businesses has been done. "The NZ Business Continuity Conference has an excellent array of first-rate speakers who will inspire managers to get their continuity plans in order through real life case studies. It is arguably the best event of its type to be held in New Zealand" said Mr Thompson.

Topics to be covered are the emergency management framework resulting from Civil Defence & Emergency Management ACT 2002, current business continuity and risk management standards, how to develop support for the Business Continuity process and three case studies. On the day following the conference, a workshop on "IT Recovery Planning" will be held at Wellington Convention Centre from 9.00am to 5.00pm. The workshop will be facilitated by Sam Mulholland CBCP MNZCS, Managing Director, Standby Computing, who will give insights into current business trends and their impact on IT and then the ramifications for the Business Continuity Planner.

The Business Continuity Conference and workshop have been organised by Continuity Forum Pty Ltd, a membership organisation that facilitates business continuity, crisis management and IT disaster recovery professional sharing knowledge and experience.

Continuity Forum consists predominately of organisations acknowledging the importance of business continuity crisis management and IT disaster recovery planning. There is also a membership category for organisations who supply business continuity or IT disaster recovery planning products and services.

General Manager of Continuity Forum. Isabelle Moeller, says "As well as the willingness from the leading faculty of speakers to share their knowledge, the conference has been assisted through the sponsorship of Hewlett Packard as Platinum sponsor and also of IBM as Silver sponsor."


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