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Patty Christiansen

Patty Christiansen
Patty is Virtual Corporation's VP Marketing. She loves both marketing & organizational resilience & tries to bring a little fun to both. Patty understands the importance of communication during a disaster, as she has had many years of experience as a spokesperson for hospitals during adverse events.

Recent Posts

5 ways to be a business continuity ninja

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 5, 2016 11:06:00 AM / by Patty Christiansen posted in Resilience, business continuity, disaster recovery, BCMM

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You get it. You’re a business continuity manager.  You are ready for any disaster. You have ninja like reflexes. You can read minds. You own a magical crystal ball. You have the super power of continuity. You anticipate and avert crisis whenever possible.  Of course, this is not always the reality, but you do know how to expect the unexpected.

In too many cases demonstrated by recent history, the worst possible risks tend to be surprises that no one would have suspected as a possibility. Anticipation and foresight can be effective only in situations where we know with high probability the worst risks we face, and we can apply that knowledge to avoid or mitigate negative outcomes. Unfortunately without the help of the super powers and skills set listed above, avoidance and mitigation aren’t always possible. The recent events in NYC, NJ and Minnesota bring to mind the ever increasing need for business continuity and disaster recovery planning. The devastating attacks in Paris, Orlando, New York and across the world are also painful examples of such an unfathomable crisis.

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7 ways to make your disaster recovery plan a disaster

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 30, 2016 4:02:00 PM / by Patty Christiansen posted in Resilience, organizational resilience, business continuity, disaster recovery

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Every organization or business, regardless of revenue or staff size, needs to understand what is truly critical to keep operations going, and how long the business can function without certain elements, components or dependencies. This includes considering how long the business can survive both financial losses and reputational losses due to negative public perception. Obviously, not having a disaster recovery plan is a recipe for disaster, but just having a plan is not enough. Make sure that your disaster plan avoids certain pitfalls that may complicate disaster recovery and make it more of a disaster.

Consider this list of what not to do including:

  1. Make everything a priority
  2. Have only one way to access the plan
  3. Impose a gage order. Don't communicate.
  4. Don't bother having an extended recovery plan.  Just wing it.
  5. Over complicate & over process the process
  6. Micro-manage the disaster recovery team
  7. Let the disaster recovery plan collect dust on the shelf
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Infographic: 5 ways to assure optimal outcomes from your resilience plan

[fa icon="calendar'] May 12, 2016 9:12:14 AM / by Patty Christiansen posted in organizational resilience, business continuity, building engagement, disaster recovery

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Are you getting optimal outcomes for your organizational resilience & business continuity plans?  Do you even have a way to measure this?  Don't worry, we have a short infographic that can show you the 5 things you need to consider when managing a disaster recovery & organizational resilience program.

This infographic demonstrates these 5 critical components:

  1. Design for repeatability
  2. Anticipate change
  3. The roles in the enterprise
  4. Build engagement
  5. Analytics
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