Mail-Gard has been a faithful attendee of the Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ) Spring World conference for two full decades, with the 2016 event marking our 20th year of participation. Year in and year out, the biggest names in the business continuity and disaster recovery industries look to the DRJ conference for the latest industry trends, informational sessions and networking opportunities to expand their knowledge base and grow their company strategies.
DRJ Spring World is a great venue for us to share our vital knowledge on how businesses can incorporate print and mail services into their critical communications recovery plans, and it’s also a chance for us to connect with our current customers and meet new ones. We savor DRJ’s regular updates on critical communications regulations, trends and evolving issues that will impact our customers’ businesses.
Here are a few of the most important talking points to come out of this year’s DRJ Spring World:
Resiliency Versus Recovery
As business owners are continually reminded of the necessity of continuity plans to protect their critical communications, resiliency (versus recovery) was a staple of the information sessions we attended and the conversations we had. Resiliency centers on supporting one’s communications in preparation for an unplanned continuity issue, while recovery is focused on revitalizing communications in the wake of a disaster. As part of a Mail-Gard recovery contract, our continuity solutions can assist customers with every aspect of their critical communications planning, including resiliency and recovery.
FFIEC Appendix J
I attended a Spring World 2016 session on the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC)’s Appendix J, which requires financial institutions to verify the business continuity plans and recoverability of any outsourced technical services (like print and mail). Though the FFIEC introduced the requirement in February 2015, it remains a hot topic among business continuity services. While Mail-Gard has a thorough recovery plan in place for our services, it’s always good to be on top of the industry regulations many of our customers are required to abide by.
Getting More out of Critical Mail Plans
Many visitors to Mail-Gard’s booth this year had print and mail recovery plans in place for their business, but were uncertain they fully ensured the delivery of their critical communications. They came to Mail-Gard interested in discussing their options when it comes to improving the breadth and depth of their plans.
As regular attendees of the DRJ Spring World, we’re always pleased with the things we learn and the ways we can use them to better serve our clients. This year was especially notable because we had our first official celebration of Mail-Gard’s 20th anniversary at DRJ Spring World. Balloons decorated our booth and we handed out special anniversary gift bags to attendees. Even our mascot, Monty, got a few perks from our visitors, who took aim by tossing special treats at his food bowl!
On the Road to the National Postal Forum
Mail-Gard stays on the front lines of continuity and recovery by appearing at leading conferences, forums and events. After DRJ Spring World wrapped up, we headed to Nashville where we’ll be exhibiting at the 2016 National Postal Forum.
Can’t make it? We’ve got you covered – check SpeakingDIRECT in the coming days for summaries of the hottest NPF 2016 trends and speeches!
See you in Nashville!
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