Press Release Summary:
Enabling users to create unlimited number of plans, PLANet v3 helps build, test, and maintain business continuity plans, and guides users to ensure FFIEC and NCUA compliance. Online business continuity planning tool features dependency map, step-by-step instructions for plan building, document embedding, multiple call list creation, and vulnerabilities assessment. It can control other users' access rights, import crucial recovery information, and audit history.
Original Press Release:
Strohl Systems Releases PLANet 3
Multiple Users Creating Unlimited Business Continuity Plans Now Available to Community Financial Institutions
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., April 9 /- Strohl Systems has announced the release of PLANet 3, Strohl's patented, online business continuity planning (BCP) tool designed specifically for community financial institutions. PLANet 3 includes many new and enhanced features such as the ability to create an unlimited number of plans and to have concurrent users.
PLANet is the only online business continuity and disaster recovery planning tool designed specifically for community banks and credit unions. Over 1,000 organizations have selected PLANet to build, test and maintain their business continuity plans. With a proven methodology based on FFIEC BCP regulations, PLANet guides users through the planning process step-by-step to ensure compliance.
"PLANet 3 will prove invaluable to community financial institutions that may not have in-house planning expertise or resources," said Eric Strohl, Vice President with Strohl Systems. "This new version is the most powerful version to date and helps users to meet or exceed FFIEC and NCUA requirements."
Additionally, PLANet 3 enables users to create unlimited plans. Financial institutions with more than one location, region or branch can have different customized plans. Community banks and credit unions can also create specific plans for each type of recovery effort like emergency response, crisis management, IT recovery and pandemic planning.
"I have truly enjoyed the business partnership with Strohl Systems over the past five and one half years," said David Rutenber, Vice President, Information Systems with Sidney Federal Credit Union in Sidney, N.Y. and a Beta user of PLANet 3. "PLANet brings effectiveness to our organization in our business continuity and disaster recovery planning and readiness efforts. I found several things in PLANet 3 that will only enhance this effectiveness for us, some of which are: improved navigation elements; greatly expanded importing capabilities; an enhanced, easier to use, more robust business impact analysis (BIA) tool; and the new functionality which provides the ability to control the order in which each element of the plan is published and printed."
Other new features of PLANet 3 include:
o Dependency Map -- See which processes and applications rely on others
throughout the plan with a unique graphical, dependency map.
o New Interface -- Easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for plan
building with detailed assistance for each task as well as the ability
to track progress.
o Enhanced Security -- Change passwords without having to contact Strohl
Systems and PLANet administrators will have the ability to control
other users' access rights more easily.
o Import Expansion -- Import crucial recovery information from programs
like Microsoft® Excel® and Word into any of the data dictionaries
in PLANet, saving time and effort when building plans.
o Document Embedding - Attach external documents directly to plans. File
types include doc., txt., rtf., pdf., csv., xls., vsd., ppt., mmp. and lwp.
o Call List Additions -- With an easy-to-use, graphical, drag-and-drop
interface, create multiple call lists for employees and vendors or add
a person to in more than one call lists within a plan. Alternates can
also be assigned for each call list position.
o Audit History -- See when changes are made to plans, complete details
as well as the person who made the change.
o Assessing Vulnerabilities -- More robust business impact analysis and
risk assessment modules with the ability to identify interdependencies
between business functions and the threats each particular user may
face more clearly.
The underlying technology of PLANet 3 has also been updated. It was designed and developed using .NET technology Microsoft and uses the power of SQL Server. The enhanced security Web services in the .Net technology ensure that data is transmitted quickly, safely and securely and any changes or updates to PLANet can be deployed quickly and efficiently.
Finally, there are now two versions of PLANet.
o PLANet uses cutting edge technology backed by Strohl Support and
Expertise all in one planning tool. This version has the functionality
users expect from Strohl products but has been scaled to meet and
exceed the business continuity needs of our financial institutions.
o PLANet Professional has more customization options, unlimited plan
building, concurrent usage and more sophisticated user security.
Professional is the most robust, scalable and flexible product in the
For more information about PLANet 3, visit www.strohlsystems.com/.
About Strohl Systems
Strohl Systems delivers the expertise and resources to help organizations build plans, practice for disruptions and prevail over disasters. The formula is simple -- Plan. Practice. Prevail. Since 1988, Strohl's business continuity software and services have been developed around this straightforward approach and have been used successfully in many real-world situations. Our products include LDRPS® business continuity planning software, BIA Professional® business impact analysis software, Incident Manager® command center automation software, and NotiFind®, an emergency notification system. In addition, Strohl offers PLANet®, a patented, Internet-based BCP tool developed specifically for community banks and credit unions. Strohl Consulting Services' offerings are designed to manage the business continuity process from start to finish or provide more strategic assistance. In business since 1968, Strohl Systems is a privately held company headquartered in King of Prussia, Pa., and can be found on the Web at www.strohlsystems.com/.
Source: Strohl Systems
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