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Norman L. Harris

Harris Recovery Solutions

5890 Sawmill Road, Suite 230
Dublin, OH 43017
(614) 766-5355 Fax (614) 766-5520
E-mail: hdranlh@aol.com
Internet: www.hdra.com

• Consultant
• Speaker
• Writer

Norman L. Harris, President of Harris Recovery Solutions, Inc. is recognized as a leader in Information Technology Management, and the founder of the Disaster Recovery Planning industry.

Mr. Harris co-founded CRISIS Magazine, one of the first disaster recovery publications and HSH, Inc., which became the largest disaster recovery consulting company in the US. Other positions held by Mr. Harris include Vice President and Director of Corporate Information Systems for BancOhio Corporation, Vice President of Information Systems for the Franklin Mint and Director of Information Systems for the United Telephone Company of Ohio.

For the last 30 years, Mr. Harris has consulted with thousands of business clients in every major industry including education, publishing, banking and finance, insurance and risk management, health care, federal, state, and local governments, manufacturing/distribution, wholesaling/retailing, utilities, and communications concerning their disaster recovery /business continuity planning requirements. He has worked with all of the major Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Software Packages and assisted with the training of many in-house staffs in the use of the software.

Major corporations, national governments and higher educational institutions throughout the world have recognized the expertise of Mr. Harris, in the areas of information technology and disaster recovery/business continuity planning. A partial listing of Mr. Harris’ career achievements includes such milestones as: the receipt of IBM’s highest award for service to data processing and his selection by IBM as the “Data Processing Executive of the Year”, development of the first disaster recovery plan, preparation and presentation of the first major address on disaster recovery planning at the Guide International Users Group meeting, founder of the Harris Recovery Institute; an organization dedicated to the testing and certification of recovery planners.

Recognized as a noted international speaker, Mr. Harris has made presentations on such diverse topics as Information Security Auditing and Cost/Risk/Benefit Analysis, Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning, and developing Emergency Processing Procedures. He has addressed hundreds of audiences throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He has participated in major symposia sponsored by IBM, Unisys, the Disaster Recovery Journal, DEC, HP and Honeywell/Bull. As a diligent author, Mr. Harris has contributed articles to Newsweek, Computer World, Computer Decisions, Info Systems, Disaster Recovery Journal, Bank Systems and Equipment, CRISIS Magazine, Disaster Resource Guide, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and many more. He appeared on "Good Morning South Africa", has had numerous television and radio interviews, has taught over 500 seminars, co-hosted 19 major conferences, made a number of videos and CDs and has given over 1,100 speeches on the subject of Recovery Planning.

Mr. Harris has assisted many of the largest disaster recovery backup vendors with the establishment of their line of business plans and the definition of their product/service offerings. He coined many of the terms commonly used in the disaster recovery industry, including “hotsite”, “coldsite”, and “warmsite”. Mr. Harris initialized “Disaster Recovery Planning” as the standard name for a new and rapidly growing industry.