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ContinuitySA launches IT Service Continuity training course

Africa's largest business continuity service provider, ContinuitySA, has enhanced its Complete Continuity Training Academy to include a new course, IT Service Continuity.

The two-day course is targeted at IT and business continuity management (BCM) professionals responsible for the continued uptime of IT services within their organisations.

“Effective BCM focuses on ensuring companies have the ability to restore and continue critical business operations, no matter what happens,” says Millington Gumbo, GM of ContinuitySA's Advisory Services.

“In today's technology-intensive business environment, the ability to ensure IT services are available as and when required is non-negotiable.

“Yet, despite their best intentions, few operational experts are able to implement an effective BCM service without the appropriate training and insight into the world of business continuity and disaster recovery. This is where the Complete Continuity Academy plays a crucial role.”

Key elements of the IT Service Continuity Course include:

* The link between BCM and IT service continuity management; * The evolution of IT service continuity; * The latest concepts and trends in IT service continuity; * Conducting an Infrastructure Impact Analysis; * Formulating and implementing cost-effective IT service continuity strategies to meet business requirements; * Security management in IT service continuity; * Testing the IT service continuity framework; and * A continuity as a service case study.

Attendees will not simply be bombarded with theory, but will be taught skills proven in the real world by active BCM practitioners with MBCI (Member of the Business Continuity Institute) certifications. The course is based on the Good Practice Guidelines of the BCI and complies with the British Standard BS 25999 to ensure it is on par with international best practices.

“Effective business continuity will only become a reality in Africa once business leaders and managers have the requisite skills and understanding to drive the implementation of workable BCM solutions,” notes Gumbo. “The IT Service Continuity course is another step in ensuring companies on the continent are capable of implementing BCM plans that meet the highest standards, ensuring their companies are ready for any emergency.”

The IT Service Continuity course will be held on the following days:

* 21 to 22 February 2012 (Johannesburg) * 24 to 25 April 2012 (Cape Town) * 23 to 24 May 2012 (Johannesburg) * 6 to 7 August 2012 (Johannesburg) * 27 to 28 September 2012 (Cape Town) * 3 to 4 October 2012 (Johannesburg)

For more information, contact [email protected], or call (+27) 11 554 8000.



ContinuitySA is Africa's leading provider of business continuity management and related services. The company boasts some of the continent's most highly skilled and qualified business continuity and disaster management experts who help companies, organisations and government departments of all sizes prepare for and deal with all eventualities. These include potential threats, events, incidences and unforeseen or sudden disruptions due to human error or natural events.

ContinuitySA also provides a variety of hosting solutions, ranging from co-located to fully managed virtualised environments, with their primary focus being to ensure its clients are able to address the resilience and recoverability of their IT services. These hosting services are complemented by managed backup and recovery services, virtual server replication and high availability solutions to satisfy any level of continuity requirement.

ContinuitySA operates the largest recovery facilities in southern Africa. It has a number of recovery centres in southern Africa with over 20 000 square metres of recovery facilities in Midrand, Gauteng. Smaller sites have been located in Cape Town, Gaborone, Botswana and Mozambique, and a joint venture has been established in Mauritius.

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