Posts Tagged ‘IT Assessment’

Employee Spotlight: Practice Manager – Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Patrick Dunn

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

No wonder Patrick is engaging and dynamic at his numerous business continuity speaking engagements around the country…as a two-time All American cheerleader and former University of Maine mascot, Bananas the bear, he’s had plenty of practice motivating crowds!

Consonus is pleased to have Patrick Dunn as practice manager - business continuity and disaster recovery. His extensive background comprises over twenty years of industry experience providing crisis management, business continuity development, disaster recovery planning, information security, IT assessment, and project management for Fortune 500 and Big Five accounting firms. Impressive credentials include time spent at SunGard Availability Services as a BC/DR Consulting Practice Manager, as well as Cap Gemini, Wright Express, Check Free/FISERV, and Fairchild Semiconductor.

As if his job doesn’t keep him busy enough, Patrick is an active member of numerous highly-regarded industry organizations up and down the east coast, including the Contingency Planning Association of the Carolina’s Inc. (CPAC) where he was recently appointed vice chairman. Industry certifications include: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), and National Incident Management Systems (NIMS).

On those rare occasions of downtime, Patrick enjoys wine tasting (Shiraz is his favorite), American Revolutionary history (as a former Park Ranger for the National Park Service he led historical tours), and watching his beloved Boston Red Sox. Obviously a proud graduate of the University of Maine at Orono, Patrick lives in Flowery Branch, Georgia.

Three cheers for Patrick!

Improve While You Move

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Improve While You Move is said a lot at Consonus. Not only is it catchy, but it holds significant purpose when assessing IT capabilities and developing an improvement strategy. This mode of thinking has evolved into a kind of corporate philosophy that stems from our holistic approach to remedying IT challenges.

At Consonus, developing an IT strategy that improves operational efficiency is more than just a hardware and software upgrade; it’s an opportunity to consider how you are using your tools as much as what tools you are using.  A successful improvement strategy does the following: 

  • Considers the needs of the business or end users (IT’s customers)
  • Considers the current technical challenges
  • Considers the possibilities of both technology and process improvements
  • Accounts for savings gained through capital and operational efficiencies
  • Takes a holistic approach

A technology refresh is also a chance to improve service levels to your business and your customers while moving to a new IT environment that mitigates current pains and accommodates future needs. Use the occasion for technical enhancements to better prepare for the road ahead and pave the way to helping your business innovate and grow.

Don’t just upgrade your current technology headaches; take the time to cast off the constraints of technology and business agility with comprehensive IT solutions. That’s what we mean when we say Improve While You Move. It’s basic IT strategy 101 and it saves you valuable time and money in the long run.