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Review REVIEWS An invaluable, comprehensive and practical guide to assist companies of all sizes with their Business Continuity Planning written by a BC practitioner with years of experience to help others learn and avoid pitfalls. -- Survive - The Business Continuity Group Jim Burtles is one of the few practitioners who have both the depth of knowledge and length of experience to write what might arguably be the most comprehensive review of the subject ever produced. Jim's contribution to Business Continuity has been enormous his unfailing intellectual rigor about his subject, his passion for persuading others of its importance and his determination to turn Business Continuity Management into a mainstream management discipline has never wavered. When others might have thought of retiring, Jim has just started on another challenge, the latest being this formidable tour de force through the complexities of Business Continuity. With so much current debate about the exact nature and boundaries of Business Continuity Management, this book puts it all into perspective and gives us an authoritative view from someone who has really seen and done it all during a long and outstanding BCM career. -- Lyndon Bird, Technical Services Director, The Business Continuity Institute Jim Burtles has made an important addition to the written materials available to business continuity planners. It is comprehensive without being tedious and provides an excellent base line for both planning neophytes and a useful reference for more experienced practitioners. Business continuity originally lumped together with other types of disaster recovery is increasingly important in a world where all types of disasters seem to occur with increasing frequency. A look back at very recent events reveals product recalls, forest fires, earthquakes, storms, bombings, and floods, just to name a few. Each brought with it not only personal tragedies and dislocations, but also threats to the viability of businesses located in the disaster area(s). Businesses generally recognize the need to and importance of good planning in this area to ensure that they respond well to such incidents especially with regard to mitigating damage and getting back to normal afterward. However, such planning is neither straightforward nor easy to do. There are many twists and turns along the path to a comprehensive and well-functioning business continuity plan. Those charged with this function always welcome a good reference to ease the task and ensure that as few loose ends as possible are left. Principles and Practice of Business Continuity: Tools and Techniques is just such a basic reference. Its author, Jim Burtles, has over 30 years of international experience in a wide variety of disasters that has equipped him to write an overview of what goes into business continuity planning and his book does this very well. Of particular value is the CD that accompanies the book enhancing its value as a text and as a reference. The CD has 24 planning and analysis tools, including sample plans, checklists, and exercise guides, along with case studies, exercises web references, and more. -- Security Management Magazine --Reviews 1Jim Burtles is one of the few practitioners who have both the depth of knowledge and length of experience to write what might arguably be the most comprehensive review of the subject ever produced. Jim s contribution to Business Continuity has been enormous --- his unfailing intellectual rigour about his subject, his passion for persuading others of its importance and his determination to turn Business Continuity Management into a mainstream management discipline has never wavered. When others might have thought of retiring Jim has just started on another challenge, the latest being this formidable 'tour de force' through the complexities of Business Continuity. With so much current debate about the exact nature and boundaries of Business Continuity Management, this book puts it all into perspective and gives us an authoritative view from someone who has really seen and done it all during a long and outstanding BCM career. --Lyndon Bird, Technical Services Director, The Business Continuity Institute.Business continuity is increasingly important in a flat world where disasters seem to occur with greater frequency: product recalls, forest fires, earthquakes, storms, bombings, and floods, just to name a few. Each brings with it not only personal tragedies and dislocations but also threats to the viability of affected businesses. Companies generally recognize the need for planning to ensure that they respond well to such incidents especially with regard to mitigating damage and getting back to normal afterward. But the path to a comprehensive and well-functioning business continuity plan is filled with twists, turns, and roadblocks. Those charged with this function always welcome a solid, fundamental guidebook. This work is just that kind of basic reference. Its author has more than 30 years of international experience in a wide variety of disasters, which has equipped him to write an overview of what goes into business continuity planning and his book does this very well. Of particular practical value is the book s accompanying CD-ROM, which has 24 planning and analysis tools, including sample plans, checklists, exercise guides, case studies, exercises, Web references, and more. --Security Management Magazine Read more From the Back Cover Key Features a[ Prepares managers for events that interrupt critical business functions. a[ Includes review and audit programs to ensure plans are up-to-date. a[ Follows international standards for business continuity. a[ Endorsed by the Business Continuity Institute Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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