Welcome to the North Texas Chapter of the Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP). ACP is a non-profit professional organization, which provides a forum for the exchange of experiences and information, for business continuity professionals, throughout a network of local chapters.
Founded in March of 1986, the North Texas Chapter is one of the oldest continuously meeting chapters, and among the largest by membership, serving the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at predetermined locations, unless the first Tuesday coincides with a holiday. We invite you to attend our next meeting.
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 Noon - 2:00 PM
Where: Boy Scouts of America, Irving
Address: 1325 W. Walnut Hill Lane, Irving, TX 75038
Lunch: Provided by Assurance Software
Presenter: Melissa Rhodes, Assurance Software
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Hello Fellow North Texas Chapter Members.
Welcome to summer. I like summer because of vacation. Vacation time results in less traffic, less crowds at stores and restaurants, and project delays at our companies due to time off. I could use the old adage a double-edged sword here for summer vacations, easy drive into work affects staff availability working projects.
What are your thoughts on the phrase The Age of Continuous Connection? Continually Connected does change things a bit. I grew up with parents who lived through the depression and raised kids in an era of immediate gratification. I’m conflicted with continuous connection because I was raised by parents who believed you don’t contact anyone after 9 pm at night (or before 9 am) and the perception of many of my contacts now expect a somewhat immediate response to their text at 11 pm at night. I’m working through all of the “conventions” of my upbringing. One upbringing convention I will not let go of is still writing a Thank You note; which is a lost skill.
Our lives have been transformed by the age of continuous connection. Those in the business of selling us things want to profile us to better serve our needs and wants. Albeit, it is for them, it is also for us the customer. Those in the business to scam us want to thieve our profiles, to become us somehow to take what we have. Usually in the form of identity or money.
As my contacts take vacation too, I’m alleviated of the “do I respond at 2 am because I can’t sleep” or “do I wait until 9 am” like I was brought up with? As my colleagues take vacation, projects stall waiting on the one resource that is critical to project success. If our businesses are to adapt to continuous connection how do we adapt our staffing, our teams, and our team’s strategy? Are we working together to eliminate staffing single points of failure to deliver in the age of continuous connection? Are our continuity strategies, plans, and teams working to ensure resiliency in the continuous connection?
As you can see above I’ve got way more questions than answers. Not sure any of my questions have only one answer either. And some are rhetorical. As our companies become more matrixed and more agile, our continuity strategies and solutions must keep up with change. Which is nothing new for us, however, change is now at an organizational level.
Now that summer vacation time is here get crackin’ to do the things you can do and wait patiently for the things you cannot do.
Until next month, go ahead and send me a text and help me work through the conventions of my upbringing along with my new drive to adapt to the 21st century.
I look forward to seeing each of you at the June 4th meeting.
At your service,
Wendy Nelson, CBCP, PMP
North Texas Chapter President
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