Allen was hand-selected by President Obama to serve as the National Incident Commander (NIC) for the response to the Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill

Wayne, Pa., November 16, 2010 –/– Adm. Thad Allen, the noted disaster management and recovery expert who led the national incident response to the worst oil spill in U.S. history, will deliver the keynote address at the 2011 SunGard Business Continuity Software International User Group Forum on April 17-19, 2011 in San Diego, Calif.

Adm. Allen was instrumental in the ongoing response efforts to cease the flow of oil and mitigate the effects of the recent disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Working closely with the federal on-scene coordinator, the Environmental Protection Agency and organizations including the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Interior, Commerce and Health and Human Services, he sought to bring a global unity of effort to response endeavors. Allen was also in charge of coordinating with various federal, state and local organizations and directing the efforts of BP.

The annual SunGard Availability Services BC Software User Group forum provides business continuity professionals with a wide range of educational opportunities including BCP program maturity and self assessment, business continuity methodology, business resiliency, business impact analysis and best practices.

“For business continuity professionals, learning the ins and outs of remediating a large-scale disaster can have a marked impact on how they approach their own business continuity planning,” said Larry Coble, general manager, recovery services at SunGard Availability Services. “The communication techniques Adm. Allen used to streamline the response to the spill align well with the SunGard strategy that encourages organizations to have a prepared BC plan that is actionable, easily communicated and flexible.”

For more information about the SunGard Availability Services BC Software International User Group Forum, or to register, visit or contact Kathleen Aris at

About SunGard Availability Services
SunGard Availability Services provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software to 10,000 customers in North America and Europe. With five million square feet of datacenter and operations space, SunGard assists IT organizations across virtually all industry and government sectors to prepare for and recover from emergencies by helping them minimize their computer downtime and optimize their uptime. Through direct sales and channel partners, we help organizations ensure their people and customers have uninterrupted access to the information systems they need in order to do business. To learn more, visit or call 1-800-468-7483.

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Chris Lepidi
Porter Novelli for SunGard Availability Services
Phone: 617 897 8224
Email: chris.lepidi[@]

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