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December 6, 2006, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET 
Contingency Planning and Disaster Recovery

- Gary Gordon, Head of Disaster Preparedness, Boeing Learn More
- Chris Brown, Technical Evangelist, Infrastructure Platform Group, Sybase Learn More


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Minimizing Risks through Efficient Planning and Execution

Modern multinational corporations need to be in continuous operation 24/7, but daily operations are at risk of experiencing a serious incident that can keep this from happening. Natural disasters, fire, pandemics, system crashes or security breaches can lead to outages of critical business infrastructure or key personnel, costing corporations millions in lost transactions and affecting brand value.

Businesses must be prepared for any incident and have a contingency plan in place to respond and recover quickly, with minimal disruption to services, and at minimal cost to any problem.

Contingency plans must not only cover all aspects of your business, including IT, people and communications, but also your suppliers and contractors. You must be prepared to manage your organization’s risk factors to ensure business continuity.

This web conference brings together business continuity professionals from a selection of major international corporations, facing differing threats to their business continuity. They will explore the key issues and scenarios that a business should consider in the development of contingency and disaster recovery planning.

Take away points include:

  • Understanding and identifying key risk areas for your business and your readiness to deal with disaster
  • Testing of contingency plans and successful execution in the event of a disaster
  • Understanding and conveying the value of Contingency Planning and loss avoidance
  • Exploring a range of solutions to avoid unnecessary downtime for critical systems
  • Strategies for fast communication in times of crisis
  • Business impacts and analysis of Business Continuity and Emergency Management Plan
  • CIOs
  • CSOs
  • CTOs

VPs, Directors, Managers of:

  • Business Continuity
  • Contingency Planning
  • Emergency & Crisis Management
  • Risk
  • Operations
  • Business Continuity Security


Sybase is the largest global enterprise software company exclusively focused on managing and mobilizing information from the data center to the point of action.  Sybase provides open, cross-platform solutions that securely deliver information anytime, anywhere, enabling customers to create an information edge.  The world’s most critical data in commerce, communications, finance, government and healthcare runs on Sybase.  For more information, visit the Sybase Web site: http://www.sybase.com/



Gary D Gordon

Gary is currently the program manager of the Enterprise Disaster Preparedness Program for The Boeing Company, a leading aerospace and defense company with annual revenue of 50 billion dollars.  His responsibilities include the oversight and integration of disaster operation for the company’s activities in 27 states and 14 countries.

He is a subject matter expert in the areas of hazardous materials emergency response, training, and chemical/ biological/ radiological/ explosives terrorism response.  A graduate of Western Washington, University with a BS in Environmental Toxicology and Health and a Certified Infrastructure Preparedness Specialist (CIPS), Gary has been with The Boeing Company since 1990 with prior assignments in fire suppression, emergency medical services, and fire code enforcement. Gary is an associate member of the National Environmental Training Association, Washington State Association of Fire Chiefs Hazardous Materials Division, Former chairman of the South King County Hazardous Materials Training Subcommittee, member of the King County LEPC, appointed member of the Washington State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), and a number of Local, State, and Federal Committees and working groups dealing with the integration of public and private resources during disasters.  Gary has over 100,000 student hours of instructional delivery in all facets of disaster preparedness, hazardous materials response, chemistry, anatomy and physiology. In 1995, Gary was awarded the National Environmental  Training Association (NETA) “Team Trainer of the Year” Award.

Gary is married with 3 children and resides in the Puget Sound region of Washington State and enjoys fishing in his spare time.

Chris Brown, Technical Evangelist, Infrastructure Platform Group, Sybase

Chris is currently a technical evangelist with Sybase's Infrastructure Platform Group, specializing in high throughput, high performance systems and helping our customers plan their business continuity strategy.  He has a strong background in security and securing access to corporate data.  He has been with Sybase for 7 1/2 years, primarily focused in the western half of North America and over the last few years a more worldwide focus.

His product areas of expertise include Sybase ASE, Sybase Replication Server, Sybase Mirror Activator, and Sybase OpenSwitch.  Additionally, he is well versed in other core technologies and solutions from other vendors, such as hardware clustering, SAN replication, and IP redirection.  His challenge and goal has always been to work to blend all of these solutions to assist our customers in architecting and planning for "the worst". Over the years he has worked with several Fortune 50 clients and continues to be the go-to person internally for questions surrounding business continuity.  Prior to coming to Sybase, Chris worked for Platinum Technology, specializing in systems management products for Sybase and UNIX systems.  He also spent 4 years in the telecommunications industry, where he developed his foundation for high availability and disaster recovery.  He has a Bachelors degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Oklahoma .
Chris resides in the Denver, Colorado area and enjoys snowboarding and riding motorcycles in his spare time.

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