I am on the first four hours of a twenty hour trip to Sydney, Australia for a short but informative speech at a business intelligence (BI) conference. This flight should give me plenty of time to catch up on my reading and writing.

Last month, I was sitting in on a business continuity educational session for the company where at some point during the session the speaker threw up a slide showing the business continuity management (BCM) maturity model. Now, most of us have heard of the capability maturity model for software (CMM or SW-CMM) application development. The CMM is a model for judging the maturity of the software processes of an organization and for identifying the key practices that are required to increase the maturity of these processes. The CMM is organized into five maturity levels: initial, repeatable, defined, managed and optimizing. Predictability, effectiveness and control of an organization's software processes are believed to improve as the organization moves up these five levels. While not rigorous, the empirical evidence to date supports this belief. The BCM model provides many of the same guidelines and benefits to the disaster recovery (DR) world.

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