The Start of a New Era of Business Continuity Management as DRJ Forms a Strategic Alliance with The BCI
The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) has recently signed a landmark agreement with the Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ), which will strategically align the two business continuity management (BCM) leaders and expand the services and offerings to their members, readers and attendees. For the BCM Community, this is a very significant move as the alliance will mark the beginning of a relationship that will ensure continued global influence across industries and create a platform to broaden and deepen discussions and thought leadership in business continuity and related professions for a more secure and resilient society, domestically and internationally.
Essentially, the BCI and DRJ will leverage each others’ reach, internationally and domestically, to create an unparalleled knowledge platform supported by the brightest business continuity minds around the globe.
With well over 60,000 subscribers DRJ offers unrivaled coverage of Business Continuity across the global industry. The magazine was established in 1987 and has become known as a magazine that delivers the how-to, in-depth knowledge into business continuity planning. The brand has become synonymous with excellence in BCM. With Bob Arnold holding the roles of President and Publisher, the DRJ also prides itself on always placing its readers first and goes by the slogan “Uncompromising Integrity that Builds a Bond” which speaks to the heart and ethos of the institution.
Apart from the magazine itself, the DRJ has also built itself an enviable brand in the area of conferencing; sponsoring and organizing the two largest BCM conferences and exhibitions in the World. Its two shows are held in San Diego in September and Orlando in March each year and boast a total attendance of over 3000.
The BCI, established in 1994, is made up of 6000+ members represented in 100 countries, with six international chapters. This provides rational justification for its role as a market leader and its position as the global Business Continuity Organization of choice for professional Business Continuity practitioners worldwide.
As a professional membership organization, the BCI has become known as an international though leader on Business Continuity matters, publishing a major industry magazine, conducting the annual “Business Continuity Awareness Week,” performing many industry forums and case studies as well producing the largest annual BCM conference in Europe. The institute also has established and maintains the gold standard BCM certification (CBCI) which offers validation of experience and knowledge in the BCM field.
DRJ President, Bob Arnold states that “the DRJ is pleased to partner with BCI to continue to promote our profession and showcase our commitment to providing quality services, shows and information in the business continuity industry. BCI has shown incredible growth and commitment to the North American market. We are excited to be able to educate our readers and conference attendees on this global leader in business continuity certification. The workplace has expanded to encompass global views and needs. By entering into this agreement, we are now aligned with global standards we foresee released in the near future. With 25 years of business experience, DRJ has always strived to provide the best services to our readers and attendees. Our more than 40 conferences have been built by choosing quality programs, services and sessions that ensure current and accurate information. We feel that this agreement with BCI is following that precedent, and are pleased that our attendees and readers will now have access to the leader in global certification programs.”
Lorraine Darke, Executive Director of the BCI commented, “This agreement builds on our recent expansion in North America where we have welcomed 500 new members in the past year. We are excited by the opportunities there and anticipate continued significant growth in this market as a result of this collaboration. As the membership and the work of the BCI grow in America and beyond, we expect the simultaneous evolution of a more robust organization that is even better equipped to articulate the message of BCM to a global community. We are delighted to be working with Bob Arnold and the DRJ and expect this relationship to continue to blossom. We are very impressed by the work, history and outstanding reputation of the DRJ and are pleased to be associated with them.”