The Disaster Recovery Journal presented its 53rd conference and its last conference in beautiful San Diego from September 27th – 30th. Attended by over 1,000 participants from a wide spectrum of industry platforms, the event centered on the current state of business resiliency and provided a focus on the future of the industry.
Mail-Gard has exhibited at this event for the past 19 years, showcasing our critical communications recovery platform and informing attendees on the importance of having a continuity plan in place for a company’s critical communication functions. Numerous Mail-Gard customers were in attendance and were able to share stories and suggestions on how they formulate and test their own print-to-mail recovery plans.
One of the most interesting and well-attended sessions was, “Plan Maintenance: Boring But Critical,” presented by Dave Morgan of Delta Dental (a Mail-Gard customer since 1997). It focused on not just putting your disaster recovery plan together and setting it on a shelf, but the need to constantly monitor and maintain your DR plans for changes to your environment, processes and platforms. Mail-Gard certainly encourages this type of maintenance, as one of the stumbling blocks to successful testing can be using out-of-date resources or data processes. Without current information, a customer’s print and mail test can turn into a headache, trying to figure out what specifications we are working from versus what the customer’s environment currently uses. Having the information updated, and simultaneously shared with your recovery vendor, will ensure a smooth test and allow for seamless transition in the event of a disaster declaration.
DRJ Fall World is a well-respected and informative conference. It is always good to spend time with our customers at this event, and it was nice to meet new attendees and potential customers as well. We look forward to DRJ’s next event in Orlando in March, and their fall conference in the new location for 2016—Phoenix, AZ.
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