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Dallas Chapter Hosts 4th Annual Business Conference

Wednesday, August 17, 2005   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Deborah Lovell
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The 5th annual survey of business continuity professionals conducted by Deloitte & Touche LLP and CPM Global Assurance reported that although up 20 percent from five years ago, business continuity management continues to be an area of weakness for many companies. The study found that many companies have not developed enterprise-wide business continuity programs, or they do not have the appropriate infrastructure in place to verify that one is properly maintained.

The Dallas Chapter hosted its Annual Conference and Vendors Expo on Wednesday, May 18, 2005, year focused on planning for and recovering from business interruption, automating emergency notification, assessing the vulnerability of your data storage, and planning for disaster recovery to ensure business continuity. The conference had 110 attendees participating and included 7 education tracks, a networking social, interactive dinner and main program evening event. The conference included special tracks for the students included career sessions, Campus to Real World and Becoming an IT Professional.

Our half-day conference included a host of expert speakers:

  • Compliance & Business Continuity, Shirley Runnels, CBCP, Baylor Health Care System
  • Why Emergency Notification? Sean Collins, Vice President, Amcom Software
  • Cyber Crime! - Can You Sleep At Night? Qualitech Founder, Richard Gasdia
  • Eliminating Complexity with "Utility" Storage, Geoff Hough, 3Par
  • Staying Focused on Your Core Business While Streamlining the Efficiency of IT, Rob Bearce, Marketing Manager, Cisco Systems
  • Campus to Real World, Craig Bowie, AITP Professional Member
  • Becoming an IT Professional , Theresa Brandon, U.S. Department of Labor

    And as usual, the attendees participated in some fun too! AITP Dallas style........attendees played the game "You are Your Weakest Link" during dinner with guest host Marc Freedman, replacing the infamous "Ann".

    During the evening session, Deborah Lovell as Vice President of Region 3, presented the Region 3 Chapter Hero award to Bill Fly for his dedicated and continued service to AITP. She also presented to the Vice President of the Dallas Chapter, Ted Layne, the Region 3 Chapter of Excellence award bestowed upon Dallas for the 2005 2nd quarter recipient.

    We extend a warm thanks to all our exhibitors and sponsors for their financial support and participation: Red Salsa, HP, Purple Edge, Sequel Data Systems, Data Recovery Systems, Collocation Services, OnStor, 3Par, Netwatch Solutions, Environmental Biotech, SMSI, Dimar-Tech IT Solutions, SDS, and DallasBlue.

    But our greatest thanks go to our volunteers, both professional and student members, who without them we could not have made this event a success. And a special recognition goes to our student volunteers from Midwestern State University - an outstanding example of a great student chapter:

    David Biera, Marie-Therese Burton, Nathan Rogers, Jacette Jackson, Tim Garvin, Tiffany Lee, Desiree Knight and Nhan Nguyen

    Good Job, Team!

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