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STAMFORD, Conn., March 10, 2009 View All Press Releases

Gartner Announces Business Continuity Management Summit 2009

Gartner Announces Business Continuity Management Summit 2009

When: April 27-29, 2009

Where: Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Chicago, IL.

Details: Given the growing focus on managing risk, enterprises cannot claim to be unaware of their business interruption risks - natural and man-made.  The Gartner Business Continuity Management Summit will focus on three important "how to's": improving operations availability and recovery; moving from business continuity to business resiliency; and growing the maturity while also optimizing the costs of an organization's business continuity management program.

The Gartner BCM Summit brings together industry experts, business continuity leaders and our own team of analysts to explore the strategies and tactics most needed in building continuity, recovery and 24/7 availability within the enterprise. In two and a half days you’ll get the knowledge necessary to:

  • Make BCM a C-suite issue
  • Assess your current state of recovery readiness and improve its maturity
  • Retool your BCM program to reflect and support a global organization
  • Create a new budgeting model for BCM and IT DRM activities
  • Mitigate risks in design, service and supply chains
  • Navigate the public/private emergency preparedness network
  • Ensure a stable and available workforce when disaster strikes
  • Know which technology trends and investments put you ahead of the curve
  • Leverage virtualization to reduce the cost of disaster recovery while improving its predictability
  • Achieve time and cost savings through the consolidation of  DR and non-DR test resources, processes and supporting infrastructure
  • Develop a strategy and architecture to meet 24/7 availability and recovery requirements


*Employment and Workplace Trends in a Post Recession Economy:John A. Challenger, CEO of global outplacement and executive coaching consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas will address how labor shortages, immigration, globalization, outsourcing and other trends impacting employment and the workplace will be impacted by our current economic situation and what we can expect to see on these fronts in five, 10 and 20 years.

*Making Business Continuity Management a C-Suite Issue:Emily Landis Walker, member of the Dept. of Homeland Security Private Sector Advisory Council

*Mock Disaster Workshop: Participate in a two-hour exercise that will take you through a simulated disaster. All conference participants will take part in this crisis management workshop, and each participant will play a role in helping a fictitious company respond to the disaster.

*Managing Internet Reputation Is a Business Imperative:Toby Bell, Gartner Research VP

*What will be the impact of Standard & Poor’s Enterprise Risk Management Ratings?

The latest BCM tools will be demonstrated by the more than a dozen companies who are sponsors exhibiting at the conference. A listing of current sponsors is available on the Sponsors page at

Additional companies interested in participating as a Conference Sponsor should contact Erik Maas at 203-316-6197 or at

For complete event details, please visit the Gartner Business Continuity Management Summit Web site at

Members of the media can register for the event by contacting Christy Pettey at


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