Michael Keating, VP, Business Continuity Management, RGA Reinsurance Company
Probably the biggest change in the way RGA thinks about crisis management, especially at the strategic level, is the introduction of what we call Crisis Risk Forecasting. It’s a discipline we train our crisis teams around the world to do to look at a situation to see what changes might alter the trajectory of an event to the good or the bad. Presenters will cover the development process of a real crisis forecast at RGA and work as a team to develop a crisis risk forecast for a fictional scenario.
A5 – Paper Is Out, Phones Are In
Andy Waples and Maya Calabrese, Eaton Vance
This session will profile the presenters’ adoption of a mobile app for their program, perhaps a next generation of distribution channels for BCPs. Topics discussed will include from idea to inception; that is evaluation, selling the concept to senior management, back-end application, employee adoption, client and regulator engagement, and more. At its conclusion the attendees will have an opportunity to design their own model.
B3 – BCI Horizon Scan – Industry Trends, Themes and Statistics
Heather Merchan, Frank Lady, and Lori Norman, BCI US Chapter Board
What are the headlines that you will share when you return to the office after this conference? If your leadership team asks you what the industry hot topics and trends are, what would your response be? This session will cover the key trends, themes and statistics derived from the annual BCI horizon scan report. Our panel of practitioners will share insights as they explore emerging themes, and we will then take comments and questions from the room. You should leave this session armed with and understanding of current industry trends and emerging hot topics, along with practical insights from fellow resilience practitioners.
C4 – Redefining Program Success: Establishing Command & Control
David Nolan, CEO, Fusion Risk Management
This session focuses on the key strategies and tactics needed to make your BCM program succeed and thrive now and into the future. Subtle but significant adjustments can make all the difference to your success. Are you in command of your program? Are you in control of the results? Is the core of your agenda strong and stable? Are you flexible and agile enough to address new agendas? Learn what leading organizations do differently with ideas that make sense for the most basic to the most complex enterprise programs. The future is now!
D2 – Elevate Your Program with High Value Reporting Through Data Mining
Christopher Duffy, Strategic BCP
Within a BC/DR program, there is high value data. Learn how to uncover the value and hear on several case studies. Understand Big Data and data mining as it relates to BC &DR. The presenter brings a refreshing and unorthodox view to Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Programs. This process, “Digging for Gold” is the second in the series, following on the success of the Lizard Brain in Business Continuity. The goal for attendees is to see their data from a different perspective, and elevate the program with high value reporting through data mining.
E2 – Next-Gen Business Continuity: The Increased Complexity of Protecting On-Premises and Cloud-Based Workloads
Dennis Wenk, Veritas Global Advisory Consulting Director, Continuity & Resiliency
We live in a digital world that has given rise to a ‘next generation’ of Business Continuity Management (BCM). The paradigm has shifted; economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters was $175 billion in 2016 — up from $94 billion in 2015 (source: Swiss Re). This Next Gen BC session will address basic cloud nomenclature, how virtualization and cloud computing are reshaping the face of business, why organization are shifting steadily toward cloud-first strategies, and how to deliver the Next Gen BC solution that is equally effective in supporting the reliable failover of a single application, a specific group of applications, an entire data center, or even cloud-based services.