IBM announced as Gold Sponsor for BCI World Conference and Exhibition

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) has just announced that IBM, the world’s largest IT and consulting services company, is to be a Gold Sponsor of the upcoming BCI World Conference and Exhibition, which takes place at the Novotel London West Hotel on Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 November.

With over 50 years of business continuity and disaster recovery experience, and a recognised leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service, IBM brings to BCI World 2016 a great deal of expertise and knowledge.

IBM’s knowledge of the sector is perhaps best demonstrated through the company’s cutting-edge research conducted in collaboration with The Ponemon Institute. The latest latest collaboration between the two organisations, ie the Cost of Data Breaches Study, finds that companies which have predefined business continuity management processes in place are able to find and contain data breaches more quickly, and that the longer it takes to detect and contain a data breach, the more costly it becomes to resolve.

Robin Gaddum, Fellow of the BCI and associate partner for resilience at IBM, commented: “We’re delighted to support the BCI World Conference for the 19th consecutive year. We first introduced business resilience in 2003 and have been helping customers build organisational resilience ever since. The BCI World Conference and Exhibition is an opportunity for us to showcase how we apply resilience in a way that not only protects organisations, but also leverages the value of information-driven insights – what we refer to today as ‘Resilience in the Cognitive Era’.”

At the BCI World Conference, IBM will be hosting a session on ‘Improving Operational Resilience and Performance’, which will use real world examples to describe how organisations are creating actionable intelligence to enhance their resilience and simultaneously enable operational performance improvements.

Practical and collaborative strategies

The overall theme of the event is ‘Preparing Business for a Changing Landscape’, anticipating change and having a plan for continuing or adapting business operations during and after that change.

Within that theme, the BCI will be focusing on practical strategies that continuity and resilience professionals can employ, in particular examining how those professionals can co-ordinate successfully with other management disciplines in working towards the goal of organisational resilience.

A packed programme features more than 60 speakers presenting on the latest issues, research and Best Practice in the industry. More than 40 exhibitors are set to showcase the latest innovations and technology designed to support practitioners in their role. There’ll be at least 1,000 visitors to network and share ideas with, not to mention a Gala dinner and the BCI Global Awards Ceremony. Pre- and post-conference training is available.

Headline sponsor for the event is PwC. Platinum sponsors are Daisy Group, ClearView and Sungard. Gold and Silver Partners for BCI World include Everbridge, Regus and The Continuity Shop. Bronze Partners include Anvil and Buckinghamshire New University.

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