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Greater MN Chapter Meeting - June 10, 2020

Greater MN Chapter Meeting - June 10, 2020
Greater MN Chapter Meeting - June 10, 2020

AFCOM Greater Minnesota Chapter Meeting

: If COVID-19 prevents us from being able to meet in person, this event will be moved to a web-based session. Please be sure to register via this registration links at the bottom of this page in order to be sure you receive any updates and changes to meeting location and/or format.

Why Attend

Hear and discuss important topics related to Data Center design, construction, operation, and management with local data center professionals. Arrive early and stay late to network with end-users, designers, operators, and vendors. Free lunch will also be provide thanks to our lunch sponsor


Topic: "We Have Declared Disaster Mode. Now What?"

Many organizations were recently forced into disaster mode. For some the transition was effective, others lucky, and almost all were faced with making decisions at some point without the proper processes in place. Most of the time the front-line decisions are the organizations focus. While we cannot always know all the answers and many times guess at the best approach, we can discuss key components an organization can put in place for a proper disaster framework.

This presentation will discuss methodologies to establish the proper framework and help ensure the background resources such as the data center, network etc. in the organization have the capability to support the front line during a declaration. At time of disaster it can be difficult to predict the future course of action, the methodologies discussed will allow an organization to validate their current process and provide guidance in developing a framework to reduce the guesswork.

This session will begin with a discussion on the differences between Emergency Management, Business Continuance and Disaster Recovery plans.  It will also include key discussion areas such as identification of requirements, resource demands, recovery plans, priority ranking and technical solutions.

Presentation Outline

 Defining a Disaster

Declaration, Pros’ and Cons’ learned from a disaster (example Corona Virus)

Common Mistakes

The Three Key Plans

Emergency Management

Business Continuance

Disaster Recovery

Disaster Framework Components

Supporting Resources


              Services & Applications


Recovery Case Study

Successes and Lessons Learned

Our Presenter
Jeff Gilmer, a senior partner with Excipio Consulting has more than thirty years' experience in business, technology and finance. He is a hands-on leader, recognized for exceptional management, process, methodology and business acumen. He is effective in both restoring and building organizations through improved long term process improvement and implementation of solid scalable methodologies. Excipio has completed hundreds of Data Center assessments in recent years, for both public and private organizations ranging in size from 350 to over 100,000+ employees.


Meeting Agenda:

  • 12:00 PM: Registration, Lunch and Networking
  • 12:15 PM: Introduction, Updates, & Announcements from Chapter Board 
  • 12:30PM: Lunch Sponsor Presentation
  • 12:45-1:45PM:Main Presentation
  • 1:45-2:00PM: Networking and Depart


Lunch Sponsor:

Location Sponsor:

Don't Miss This Opportunity


"The Greater Minnesota Chapter is a membership organization for individual and corporate members of the data center industry. Our chapter was officially chartered in 2007 and we are proud of our growing chapter and welcome new members. If you are looking for a group of professionals to share ideas, learn about the future of our industry, and network with your peers we invite you to join our chapter. The Greater MN Chapter serves the entire state of Minnesota."


- Greater MN AFCOM Board

Please NOTE: The time listed on the AFCOM website indicates EST, which is the only time zone the AFCOM website can display. When you register and download the Calendar Invite , it will properly reflect 12:00-2:00pm CST in your calendar.

6/10/2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
8125 Lewis Rd Suite 100 Golden Valley, MN 55427 UNITED STATES