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Consider carefully the role that wireless devices play in your disaster recovery plan. More importantly, give some thought to implementing wireless devices as part of your organization's operations and security standards document. In this fashion, you should be able to create a comprehensive wireless strategy that not only bolsters your recovery plan, but also keeps a handle on wireless cost through greater standardization and economies of scale. Consider systems like the PINpoint, which automatically collects the latest documents and "people" information and then pushes the information out to devices that will be in the pockets of people you need to recover. Automatic updates are preferable to manual involvement by busy people.

We hope that you've found a few morsels in this series worthy of further thought and integration into your recovery plans and standards. Until next time, be well and happy planning.

Leo A. Wrobel has more than 30 years of experience with a host of firms engaged in banking, manufacturing, telecommunications services, and government. An active author and technical futurist, he has published 10 books and more than 400 trade articles on a wide variety of technical subjects. In 1986, Leo pioneered carrier collocation by placing the first computer disaster recovery center inside a telephone central office. Leo served 10 years as an elected mayor and city councilman (but says he is better now). A sought-after speaker, he has lectured throughout the United States and overseas and has appeared on several television news programs. Leo is presently CEO of Dallas-based TelLAWCom Labs Inc. and b4Ci, Inc. Contact Leo at 214-888-1300 or email leo@b4ci.com.

Sharon M. (Ford) Wrobel conducted extensive publishing and regulatory research for her former employer (a nationwide telephone company), a function she continues today as vice president of business development for b4Ci, Inc. Sharon was a major content contributor to Leo's book Business Resumption Planning, Second Edition (Auerback Publications, 2008), coauthored his book Disaster Recovery for Communications and Critical Infrastructure (Artech House Books, 2009), and has published dozens of trade articles under her own name. Sharon attended the University of Maryland and El Centro College in Dallas, where she trained as a registered nurse before joining Leo in his businesses. Sharon also served honorably as a public official, accepting appointments to the city's Planning and Zoning Commission and Historical Commission. She can be reached at sharon@b4ci.com.

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