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, unless the first Tuesday coincides with a holiday week. We invite you to attend our next meeting.
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 14, 2019, 11:00 - 1:00 PM
Where: FEMA, Denton, TX
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My Fellow North Texas ACP Chapter Members,
As I write the December article of 2019 I’m kind of melancholy. This my last presidential newsletter article. What words of wisdom or encouragement can I impart with my chapter members?
Our chapter has had a fantastic year. Great meetings, networking events, and a wonderfully dedicated group of individuals (the chapter’s board of directors) who have ensured you get the most out of your ACP investment. The best thanks you can give your chapter leaders is your meeting attendance. I know it’s tough when you can’t get through the email inbox, the program deadline looming around the corner, and the person commitments all fighting for a piece of you. Yep, I know it’s tough.
What I’d like to leave you with are two thoughts that have been bugging me for a number of years within the continuity industry. First, the continued separation of DR and BC. And second, a lack of understanding that a business process doesn’t have a recovery point objective.
Separating DR and BC is one of the biggest mistakes made within our industry. What’s worse is when DR is only identified for information and technology (IT). Last time I checked every functional area needs a plan to recover from a disaster and also for less severe interruptions. Supply chain, finance, HR, engineering, IT and every other functional area in our companies need a plan for a severe interruption. Even more so than for small interruptions. Disasters…real big disasters… are rare and tend to be severe and if not accounted for in your planning can severely disrupt operations and revenue streams. Often times on the scale of mega. To actually be resilient it is imperative to have a plan of action for any size interruption from small to severe at least for critical business processes. I often say IT recovery could care less if the disaster is flood, fire, or famine the recovery steps are the same. You see server recovery steps are the same whether the server was damaged by fire or water. This is not true in the business [continuity] sense as the type of disaster does matter since the recovery steps need to be associated with what and how things damaged a business process. There is so much to this DR vs. BC. I believe DR is a subset of BC for every functional business area and DR simply means you have to move operations or change SOP dramatically.
Now for my thoughts on Business Process (BP) Recovery Point Objective (RPO). This value is completely different than an IT application RPO. Not all business processes need to know a process recovery point objective. Many of you who protect manufacturing of some sort will fully understand what I’m about to discuss and some of you may have to ponder what I’m about to say. I encourage you to consider BP RPO’s in your business continuity plan as it must consider how to recover from a gap in this area first. Put another way, any time-sensitive points in your business processes should be planned for first. I became aware of the BP recovery point in 1981 when I worked for Anderson Clayton Foods (7 Seas Salad dressing and Chiffon Margarine). Each of these ‘products’ had a recipe bill of materials and in one case the order of ingredients when mixing was extremely important so the product would not sour. Much of today’s environments now have IT systems to record process steps. Many times there is a local factory IT system/server that captures and performs timing steps. How can one reconcile a BP and an IT system/server if there is not a thorough understanding of the critical process points along with RPOs? This may be easier for you to see with a semi-conductor manufacturing example. At Texas Instruments, I learned of a few key critical business processes in semiconductor manufacturing. One was called acid etch. After the circuitry image was made on the wafer metal surface (copper, silver, gold) it was then set in a pool of acid to etch-off all of the metal not part of the circuitry. If the wafer set in the acid too long the wafer was ruined and would have to be replaced. If the wafer was not placed in a bath of water within a specific amount of time the wafer was ruined and have to be replaced. The point I am targeting is that the BP recovery plan must consider these not the IT system recovery plan simply recording points in the manufacturing process. IT is completely subordinate. This is a particularly important concept for business leaders to understand in their planning for resiliency and how best to include in the plan to limit loss.
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at our December Holiday Luncheon at Maggiano’s. I cannot thank you enough for the privilege of being your chapter president for the past 2 years. From the depths of my heart I thank each of the 2019 chapter board of directors, without which I could not have gotten through this year – Carol DeLatte – Secretary, Phyllis McLaughlin – Treasurer, Chet Bojarski – Programs, Michelle Sherman-Cheng – Information & Education, Tim Prewitt – Membership, Mark Pousard – Web Master, and George Philpott – Mentorship. Each of you has provided an invaluable service not only to me but for the entire chapter. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Wishing each and every one of you a happy, joyous, and relaxing holiday season, then a stupendous 2020.
At your service,
Wendy Nelson, CBCP, PMP
North Texas Chapter President
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