DRI International

The Return on Investment for Business Continuity Training

There’s no doubt that training in business continuity planning and management is an investment. And as such, organisations are justified in insisting on a return. It’s not just the financial expense of a course, travel and so on, but also the time spent away from one’s normal professional activities. So any training course in business continuity needs to pay attention to ways in which attendees and their organisations can quantify their ROI. Read more

2013-04-15T05:24:12+10:00By |DRI International, Training|

DRI International – much more than just IT disaster recovery

If moving with the times is good, then staying ahead for them is even better. DRI International or DRII for short has grown to become one of the largest business continuity organisations in the world. At the same time as also having one of the broadest bases, the non-profit organisation also helps current and would-be BC practitioners in specific domains such as healthcare and the government agencies. So how has DRII, whose original name was the Disaster Recovery Institute, stayed ahead to go beyond its DR beginnings and become a worldwide leader in the wider field of business continuity management? Read more

2013-04-15T05:11:44+10:00By |DRI International|

How DRII Certification Helps to Improve Overall Audits

Nowadays, companies get audited in a variety of ways. Many audits relate to financial and business performance, although there are notable exceptions such health and safety audits. Financial audits for example are intended to express an opinion by an impartial expert about the correctness and realism of the financial statements of an enterprise. Stakeholders and investors use auditing statements to guide them in their own assessment of the overall worth of a company. However, if auditors are to contribute useful, relevant information, they also need some measure of the robustness of the organisation. It is here that DRII certification can help. Read more

2013-04-15T05:07:51+10:00By |Certification, DRI International|

How much can business continuity plan best practice be taught?

Some skills in life can be learned, but are difficult, if not impossible, to teach. If you think back to when you learned to ride a bike, to swing on a swing or to whistle, you’ll probably understand what we’re talking about. A similar question arises concerning business continuity plan best practice. While it’s a good objective to aim for, one practitioner’s BCP best practice is not necessarily best for another practitioner. In fact, you may only find out later for your own specific situation what constitutes best practice. So how much sense does it make to talk about teaching it? Read more

2013-03-07T23:40:34+11:00By |DRI International, Training|

Disaster Recovery Education, like Exercise, is Best Done Continually

Olympic champion, you? Don’t worry, that’s not the goal here. You probably know that you don’t have to break records in athletics to get the benefits of basic exercise. Neither do you have to spend every waking hour training in DR to get the dividends of continuing DR education. True, the Disaster Recovery International Institute (DRII) makes repeat examination a condition for continuing to justify DRI certification. However, the work that is needed to stay at a suitable level of expertise can also do you good. And just like exercise, a little of it done regularly and sufficiently often can be enough to net you the two following major advantages. Read more

Training for Things that haven’t yet Happened

One of the challenges in effective disaster recovery is being sufficiently well prepared. The temptation as surveys of organizations have shown is to assume that if a disaster does happen, then human resourcefulness and an effort of 110% will put things back to "right". The problem with this attitude is that not everybody in an organisation will necessarily have this “gung-ho” attitude. While heroes are fighting the fires, other people stand idle and unproductive. Worse still, a syndrome starts with assumptions that disasters happen regularly, overall performance will always be degraded, and whether individual performance is good, bad or indifferent will not affect the general outcome. DR training can help improve the situation. But can you really train for things that haven’t yet happened? Some lateral thinking suggests that instead of training in how to tackle future problems, you could also try to avoid them in the first place. Indeed, Read more

2012-05-30T05:42:50+10:00By |Uncategorized|

Practical Steps to Success in DRI International Qualifying Exams

If you’re attending a CBCP (Certified Business Continuity Professional) course and taking the qualifying exam afterwards, then a little targeted preparation can go a long way to exam success. The BCLE2000 courses (Professional Business Continuity Management Certification) coming up in Sydney (4-7 June) and Melbourne (11-14 June) are good examples. What’s the best way then to tackle the questions? First of all, you have to know your stuff. It sounds obvious, but other tips and tricks cannot help if you don’t know the material on which you are being examined. And knowing your stuff means not only memorising what is necessary, but also understanding how to apply it. The solution? Good note-taking goes a long way. When you re-express information, ideas or concepts in your own words, you make your brain work with that information, which is then imprinted that much better in your mind. The simple act of taking Read more

2012-04-30T02:24:59+10:00By |Uncategorized|

Participation helps get the Most out of Refresher Courses

With refresher courses scheduled for the near future, such as BCP-501 (Business Continuity Planning Review, May 9-10 Melbourne, May 16-17 Sydney), the relative merits of classroom training and online training are likely to be under discussion once again. While it’s also a matter of personal preference, classroom learning is often appreciated for its possibilities of flexibility and immediate feedback. In some cases however, it’s more a matter of  comfort: throughout earlier educational experiences, we may have become so used to sitting at desks with other students, that any other learning method may seem unnatural. If so, how can you go beyond the comfort factor and get the most out of a collective training experience like this?   Without a doubt, the answer is participation. This is also where classroom learning has the potential to score higher than other types of learning. “Living” the training experience means you use a lot Read more

2012-04-24T04:13:24+10:00By |Uncategorized|