Disaster Recovery, High Availability & DEI testing w Ray Holloman

February 22, 2024
Hosted by Alex Fullick, MBCI, CBCP, CBRA, v3ITIL

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Episode Description

Join me February 22/24 at 1pm EST, as I once again talk to experienced Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery professional, Ray Holloman. Today we talk about 2 topics. In Segment 1 we talk about 'Are your plans and exercises thinking about equity and inclusion?' where we touch on: 1. Consideration for people with disabilities in tests and exercises, 2. Having those tough conversations, 3. Increasing morale and productivity - making people feel they belong, 4. Addressing fear, 5. "Universal Design", 6. Change the thinking, 7. Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in exercise plans...and more. In Segment 2 we touch on the topic 'In Resilience, where does disaster recovery and high availability fit?' and talk about: 1. The difference between disaster recovery and high availability, 2. Critical conversations with various parties, 3. New approaches and ideas for DR and HA testing, 4. Resilience in DR and HA, 5. Difficult discussions about RTOs, 6. Selling 'resilience' to leadership, 7. Priorities - making sure you can recover first...and much more. It's another great conversation with Ray, who share many helpful insights DR, HA, BCM, and resilience professionals can use in their daily roles. You don't want to miss what Ray has to share. Enjoy!

Preparing for the Unexpected

Thursday at 10 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel

Preparing for the Unexpected is about how people, organizations and communities plan, prepare, test, communicate and respond to sudden unplanned events such as natural and manmade disasters and crises. The show is for everyone who wants an understanding of how plans are created for individuals, organizations and communities and for anyone who wants to know what they can do in their own lives to help protect themselves from unexpected events.

There is a myth that disasters happen to others but in reality, they happen to everyone. It's just a matter of when and how well-prepared you are. The greater the level of awareness, communication and knowledge, the quicker one bounces back from adversity.

The overall aim of Preparing for the Unexpected is to reduce the suffering, effects and impacts caused as a result of disasters and unexpected life events by increasing knowledge and awareness of Business Contingency and Disaster Planning and related activities.

Alex Fullick, MBCI, CBCP, CBRA, v3ITIL

Alex Fullick is Founder and Managing Director of Stone Road Inc (StoneRoad) and has been working in the Business Continuity Management and Disaster Recovery industry for 20 years. During this time, Alex has been instrumental in developing, implementing and managing numerous initiatives, including Pandemic Planning, Policy development, large scale simulation tests, Business Continuity Plan development, Business Impact Assessments, maintenance programs and general Program and Project Management.

Alex holds his MBCI certification with the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), his CBCP with the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI), is certified in ITIL Foundations and has a Certified Business Resiliency Auditor (CBRA) designation. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Directors for The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS).

He's presented at numerous conferences around the globe on various industry-related subjects including Orlando, Phoenix, Montreal, London (UK), Brisbane and Bucharest. He's authored several books including Heads in the Sand, Business Impact Analysis, Testing Business Continuity Plans and his latest Watch Your Step, which all focus on teaching individuals, organizations and communities about BCM and DR. He has also had articles published in trade publications.

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