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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

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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Supplier Availability Management: Organized Labor – a Critical Workforce Supplier

by Roberta J. Witty  |  January 15, 2013

For the first time in more than three decades, NYC is gearing up for a strike on Wednesday January 16, 2013 by the city’s largest school bus driver union: Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union: NYC Department of Education: Pupil Transportation  and “School Bus Drivers’ Union Calls for Strike on Wednesday“.  This strike announcement set […]

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A Post from My Colleague Andrew Walls: The New Normal: Social Media for Corporate Communications

by Roberta J. Witty  |  November 16, 2012

Over the last five years considerable attention has been paid to the rise of public social media as the dominant tool for communications during large scale disasters. In major crises such as the Queensland floods, Christchurch earthquake, Haitian earthquake, and the tsunami destruction of the Fukushima nuclear failures, individuals and organizations have leveraged a variety of social […]

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What About BYOD, Company-Sponsored Backup and Insurance Policy Considerations? #Sandy #HurricaneSandy #SuperstormSandy

by Roberta J. Witty  |  November 7, 2012

With BYOD and telework gaining in adoption in the U.S., the question arises as to how much the employer is willing to provide backup and recovery support for personal devices as well as home-based offices such as generators, backup devices for computers, iPads for easier field-level functioning, dual Internet connections, dual telcom connections et al? I […]

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A Post from My Colleague Bill Menezes: What Cellphone Carriers Say About Hurricane Recovery #Sandy #HurricaneSandy

by Roberta J. Witty  |  November 7, 2012

  Sandy’s impact on mobile wireless service was, if anything, a reminder that the best backup systems will never replace the need for redundant communications channels when it comes to standalone or lifeline services. The FCC indicated that at one point last week up to 25% of the cell sites in affected areas of the […]

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