The wake of Superstorm Sandy left many people and businesses in the dark for more than a week, opening many executives' eyes about their needs for business continuity plans to salvage their technology, facilities and data in cases of extreme weather, power blackouts or other emergencies. "With Sandy, people are realizing that their plans didn’t account for everything or that their business changed dramatically," says Warren Zafrin, managing partner for SunGard, a disaster recovery services firm. "The technology that they use changes. Plans have to keep pace with it, and that's where a lot of companies fall down."

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