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Roberta J. Witty
Research VP
11 years at Gartner
33 years IT industry

Roberta Witty is a research VP in Gartner Research, where she is part of the Compliance, Risk and Leadership group. Her primary area of focus is business continuity management and disaster recovery. Ms. Witty is the role specialty lead for… Read Full Bio

Looking Ahead with Gartner’s BCM and IT Service Continuity Hype Cycles

by Roberta J. Witty  |  August 5, 2015

BCM is a mature management discipline for most processes and technologies. However, there is wide diversity in the strategic nature of BCM across enterprises and governments. Organizations that see BCM as an operational risk management domain will view BCM as strategic; those that don’t will continue to see BCM as a compliance/checklist activity. Therefore, implementation […]

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Ebola Virus Workplace Preparedness and Response Best Practices

by Roberta J. Witty  |  October 17, 2014

Note: Gartner does not normally post detailed solutions via its publicly available blogs. After all, we are in business to provide solutions to our clients. However, issues of public safety deserve broad distribution in the public interest. Therefore, occasional exceptions are made to our normal blog policy. This post is one of those exceptions. Further […]

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The 2014 Magic Quadrant for Business Continuity Management Planning Software is Published!

by Roberta J. Witty  |  August 28, 2014

Most BCMP tools meet customer needs for recovery plan management, and a consistent and repeatable plan development process. The growing focus on BCM program analytics and integration into the operational risk management initiative has resulted in increased sophistication of BCMP tools.  Read it here: http://www.gartner.com/document/2833119?ref=shareSummary.

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Gartner’s 2014 BCM and IT DRM Hype Cycle is Published!

by Roberta J. Witty  |  July 31, 2014

Supported by many of research colleagues at Gartner, John Morency and Roberta Witty recently completed our Hype Cycle for Business Continuity Management and IT Disaster Recovery Management, 2014. This year’s Hype Cycle demonstrates that increasing deployments of cloud-based solutions and the adoption of the ISO 22301:2012 BCM standard are redefining the technology and process foundations of […]

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The Gartner Analyst Perspective: The Benefits and Costs of Business Continuity Management

by Roberta J. Witty  |  March 18, 2014

Some Observations for BCI’s Business Continuity Awareness Week (Click here to see the full set of FlashBlog posts) Gartner has been covering business continuity management (BCM) for many years, and we’ve learned a lot of important lessons from our research and from our client interactions. For BCI’s Business Continuity Awareness Week, we asked the Gartner […]

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Gartner Sets its 2014 Business Continuity Management and IT Disaster Recovery Management Agenda

by Roberta J. Witty  |  February 26, 2014

The Gartner Business Continuity Management and IT Disaster Recovery Management agenda has been set for 2014 and we are excited to bring to our clients the following branded research reports. Q1/2014: Magic Quadrant for Emergency/Mass Notification Services Q2/2014: Cool Vendors in Business Continuity Management, 2014 Q3/2014: Hype Cycle for  IT Service Continuity Management, 2014 Q3/2014: […]

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What’s a Happy App?

by Roberta J. Witty  |  August 8, 2013

After researching BCM for so long, it’s making me think of the exact opposite: what does it mean to be safe, free, happy.  It’s the same reaction as when you stare at something yellow for a minute: when you look away, you see purple. Same thing for red and green.  There is always a flip […]

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xMatters Acquisition Gives the Bamboo Incident Management Mobile App a Home

by Roberta J. Witty  |  February 20, 2013

On 12 February 2013, emergency/mass notification services (EMNS) vendor xMatters purchased the intellectual property of Bamboo, an enterprise-level incident management mobile app from Deloitte Australia, for an undisclosed amount. Members of Deloitte’s risk practice are assisting in the full transition as are application developers from the Bamboo team employed in the build-out. This acquisition of […]

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The Europeans Have It: More Power and Better Data Wins in Weather Forecasting

by Roberta J. Witty  |  February 8, 2013

Not many of us paid a lot of attention to the weather forecasting systems that the meteorologists use. When we did in the U.S., we were very cynical because the meteorologists just didn’t seem to get it right, almost to the point of the forecasts being a joke. But Superstorm Sandy quickly brought the problem […]

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Who Is Liable, and For How Much, When Your Third Party Isn’t Available?

by Roberta J. Witty  |  February 4, 2013

Friday’s Bank of America outage reminded me of an increasingly frequent question we receive on third party liability due to an operating outage.  The use of cloud service providers is making this question top-of-mind for many organizations. But it’s not just cloud providers that you need to worry about: it’s all of your third party […]

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