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Nominations Now Open for the Awards of Excellence!

This is a chance for you to nominate your team, a colleague, a mentor, or yourself in the 2014 DRI International Awards of Excellence.

The DRI Awards honor individuals and corporations who are leaders and innovators within our profession and recognize those who have achieved a level of excellence in the fields of continuity management, technology recovery (DR), and crisis management.

We strongly believe that, as a global continuity management training and certification organization, it is our duty to recognize and celebrate excellence.

The nomination process is easy. Simply click here to nominate. See below to view a complete list of our 2014 categories

The awards will be presented at the Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, during DRI2014: The Professional’s Conference.

Remember to submit your nominations by February 1, 2014.

If you need help or more information, please contact us by calling (866) 542-3744 or sending an email to driinfo@drii.org.

The 2014 DRI International Awards of Excellence Categories:
PEOPLE: 

Program Leader of the Year (Private Sector)

This award goes to the business continuity program leader who has demonstrated exceptional achievement, innovation, and leadership. Nominees must have at least five years of industry experience and be employed full-time in business continuity management. Judges will consider candidates’ experience and knowledge of business continuity and related issues, as well as professional leadership within the industry. Judges will look for innovation within business continuity management, commitment to DRI’s 10 Professional Practices, and demonstrable strategic thinking. The maximum 1,000-word entry should include a brief description of the program leader’s business continuity philosophy, together with the candidate’s involvement in its development and implementation; and any innovative and creative ideas used by the candidate to mitigate or resolve issues within the organization.

 

Program Leader of the Year (Public Sector)

This award goes to the public sector continuity program leader who has demonstrated exceptional achievement, innovation, and leadership. This individual will have enhanced the operational resilience of a public sector entity and improved the preparedness of a community by championing operational resilience. This person should be fully engaged in continuity management, and will be judged on experience and understanding of continuity of operation issues and evidence of the development or application of good continuity practices. Judges will look for innovation within continuity management, evidence of the promotion of continuity management in the community (building on the tenets contained within DRI’s 10 Professional Practices), and the ability to overcome organizational, legislative or community constraints to achieve goals. Nominations should be submitted in the form of a maximum 1,000-word statement providing a description of the candidate’s involvement and any innovative and creative ideas used by the candidate

 

Program Leader of the Year (Non-Profit Sector)

This award goes to the non-profit sector continuity program leader who has demonstrated exceptional achievement, innovation, and leadership. This individual will have enhanced the business resilience of a non-profit sector organization and its programs. This person should be engaged in continuity management, and will be judged on experience and understanding of business continuity issues and evidence of the development or application of good business continuity practices. Judges will look for innovation within continuity management, evidence of the promotion of continuity management within its programs (building on the tenets contained within DRI’s 10 Professional Practices), and the ability to overcome organizational, legislative or community constraints to achieve goals. Nominations should be submitted in the form of a maximum 1,000-word statement detailing candidates involvement.

 

Consultant of the Year

In this category, recognition will be given to consultants who excel in the business continuity field. Among the factors considered are the use of imaginative ideas to resolve issues, resourcefulness and innovation in the actual techniques used, the initiation of a business continuity culture in all the organizations involved, the strengthening of relationships between service suppliers, insurers and business continuity professionals, and creative ideas on future developments in business continuity planning. The candidate should provide examples of the tenets contained within DRI’s 10 Professional Practices. Nominations should be submitted in the form of a maximum 1,000 word statement, which includes details of the activities of the consultant, past successes and overall approach to business continuity.

 

Industry Newcomer of the Year

With this award, up-and-coming business continuity leaders are recognized by honoring an individual new to our profession. Nominees will have no more than two years of business continuity experience and must demonstrate an original and inventive approach. The candidate should provide examples of the tenets contained within DRI’s 10 Professional Practices. Nominations should be submitted in the form of a maximum 1,000-word statement, and should show evidence of the nominees’ application of originality and ingenuity, evidence of potential within the business continuity industry, as well as an understanding of the wider impact of business continuity within their organization.

 

Team of the Year

This award recognizes the human capital of business continuity departments across the organization, including teams that cross fields or are geographically dispersed. The award is designed to acknowledge collaboration, development and specific achievements of the team internally or partnering with external consultants. Collaborative team work and exceptional communication skills are essential ingredients for a successful business continuity management program, and judges will be looking for evidence of these in each entry as well as examples of the tenets contained within DRI’s 10 Professional Practices. The winning entry will demonstrate evidence of leadership by the team director. Entries should be no more than a maximum of 1,000 words in length.

 

Lifetime Achievement Award (Voted by DRI membership online)

This honor goes to a person who has demonstrated exceptional achievement within business continuity, and professional excellence over the course of a significant career in the industry. Nominees must demonstrate professional credibility, a substantial public relations profile, and respect within the industry in general. The nominee should provide examples of the tenets contained within DRI’s 10 Professional Practices. Nominations should be submitted in the form of a maximum 1,000 word statement. The DRI membership will then be given the opportunity to register their vote for the individuals nominated.

 

STRATEGY & INITIATIVE:

Strategy of the Year

For this award, judges will evaluate a business continuity program, particularly its strategy. Recognition will be given to the overall philosophy behind the strategy, use of innovative techniques and ideas, as well as the success of implementation across the entity. Nominations should be submitted in the form of a maximum 1,000 word statement and should include an outline of the nature of the program. Among the factors considered will be the successful implementation and testing of processes, the effective use of business impact and risk analysis, the integration of an entity wide business continuity culture, the addressing and management of people issues, and evidence of applicable resources to achieve the above.

 

IT Infrastructure Award

This award will be presented to the organization with the most resilient approach to its IT infrastructure (encompassing servers/storage/networks/cloud/datacenter solutions/virtualization, etc.). The judges will take into account the planning for continuity as part of a larger organizational strategy and the overall design of the infrastructure from both a resiliency and efficiency perspective. Entries, made in the form of a maximum 1,000 word statement, should demonstrate the approach to achieve the balance between resilience and efficiency that has proved successful over the last judging year. The winning entry will exhibit innovation and scalability.

 

Response and Recovery of the Year

This award will be given to the entity, or individual responsible for achieving the most effective business recovery in the face of adversity over the past year. Examples could include hardware/software failure, product recall, fire, and natural disasters. Nominations should be submitted in the form of a maximum 1,000 word statement, and should outline the nature of the event, the effect upon the entity, and how it was resolved. Nominees should explain the procedures used to facilitate recovery time, how any additional issues which became apparent during the recovery process were resolved and, finally, the lessons learned and subsequent improvements made to business continuity plans.

 

Continuity Awareness Award

This award will recognize the level of awareness that is both educational and drives the business continuity message throughout the organization (public or private) and the broader community as a whole. The initiative’s aim  should be to persuade buy-in at executive board level, executive management and at all levels throughout the organization. Examples may include films, road shows or scenarios, innovative use of new media or any unique/unusual idea for raising business continuity awareness. Entries should be no more than a maximum of 1,000 words in length.

SERVICE PROVIDERS:

Service Provider of the Year (Voted by DRI membership online)
Designed to recognize the very best in service delivery amongst full service business continuity providers, this category will be judged on both a company statement – prepared by both the service provider and a customer – as well as an online vote, targeted at business continuity managers across all industry sectors. The company statement should demonstrate the company’s commitment in promoting business continuity to its customer base and the wider audience, which may include staff awareness, training and user-group activity, amongst other efforts. The judges will base the award on innovation and quality as well as customer service and satisfaction and an ability to respond to changing market demand. The company and customer statement each, should be submitted in the form of a maximum 500 word statement.
Planning Software of the Year
This award will be presented to the company whose entry demonstrates that their software is of innovative and original design. The “company” is understood to be the originator of the software. This category will recognize the software developer that has provided the most for companies of all sizes to improve their continuity management, whether servicing the public or private sector. The judges will also be looking to evaluate the company that has incorporated into the product best practice within the field of business continuity management, such as BS25999, the ten principles of DRI, NFPA1600 and other recognized guidelines. The software must have been on the market for more than 18 months from 1/1/11 and will have been used by at least two client companies whose endorsement must be part of the submission. Entries should also include a document outlining the product philosophy and details of how the product can assist their business continuity management planning.
The entry should be submitted in the form of a maximum 1,000 word statement. All entries must include two customer endorsements in the form of answers to the following questions in no more than 200 words each.
Please answer
1. How does this product assist your business continuity plan or management?
2. What is especially impressive about this product?
Notification System of the Year
This award will be presented to the company whose product demonstrates that the notification system is of innovative and original design. The “company” is understood to be the originator of the system. This category will recognize the notification provider who has done the most for companies of all sizes to improve their crisis communications whether servicing the public or private sector. The judges will also be looking to award the company that has incorporated into the product best practices within the field of business continuity management. The system must have been on the market for more than 18 months from 1/1/11 and will have been used by at least two user companies whose endorsement must be part of the submission. Entries should also include a document outlining the product philosophy and details of how the product can assist their business continuity management planning.
The entry should be submitted in the form of a maximum 1,000 word statement. All entries must include two customer endorsements in the form of answers to the following questions in no more than 200 words each.
Please answer
1. How does this notification product assist your business continuity plans or management?
2. What is especially impressive about this notification product?

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