London, United Kingdom: 25 May 2018 – Sungard Availability Services ® (Sungard AS), a leading provider of information availability through managed IT, cloud and recovery services, took home the Ambassador Award at this year's Business Continuity Awards, which took place at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square on Thursday 7th June. In Addition, Sungard AS customer, Barclays, received the Excellence in Business Continuity in the Financial Sector award, while the Lifetime Achievement Award went to former Sungard AS customer, Steve Mellish of Mellish Risk & Resilience Limited.

Ambassador award

The BC Ambassador Award recognises the continued commitment of Sungard AS to delivering the highest standards of service to our customers. Underpinned by a 40-year heritage in recovery and continuity, the promotion of the highest standards of continuity is the cornerstone of the Sungard AS approach. As industry ambassadors, Sungard AS is committed to promoting awareness and understanding of continuity across businesses. Moreover, the focus on employees' processes and technologies helps to ensure customers feel more secure in an increasingly uncertain world. Today Sungard AS is also helping professionals, business leaders and IT decision-makers to cope with the demands of bi-modal hybrid IT environments, as well as ensuring organisational resilience, competitiveness and availability.

Lifetime Achievement award

Sungard AS is delighted to congratulate former customer and Customer Advisory Board member, Steve Mellish Hon FBCI, on being honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's BC Awards. Steve is the founder and director of Mellish Risk & Resilience Limited, a company specialising in risk and business continuity management with an emphasis on collaborative leadership and cultural integration. Steve established Mellish Risk & Resilience in 2012, following a long and successful career with Sainsbury's, which included the establishment of an enterprise-wide business continuity program for the retailer. Between 2002 and 2014 Steve was a Board Director of the BCI including two terms as Chairman. He also served on the Sungard AS Customer Advisory Board (CAB), a role in which his contribution was much valued in ensuring that Sungard AS continues to help all its customers remain resilient.

In addition to the Ambassador award and Lifetime Achievement award, Sungard AS customer Barclays was also recognised for excellence in Business Continuity in the financial sector.

Speaking of Sungard AS's success at these awards, Kathy Schneider, Chief Marketing Officer, Sungard Availability Services said:

"The Business Continuity Awards are a highly-respected and a much-coveted industry standard for businesses continuity professionals. We're extremely proud to be recognized, along with our customers. The Ambassador Award recognises our continued commitment to deliver the highest standards of service for our customers. Today, more than ever, it is essential for businesses to remain resilient in the face of huge challenges. We constantly strive to deliver the services and consultancy to facilitate this mindset and work closely with our customers to help them achieve it."

The Business Continuity Awards, now in its 20th year, recognises business continuity, security, resilience and risk professionals for their innovative strategies and industry savvy. A full list of this year's winners can be found on the Business Continuity Awards website.

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About Sungard Availability Services:

Sungard Availability Services ("Sungard AS") is a leading provider of critical production and recovery services to global enterprise companies. Sungard AS partners with customers across the globe to understand their business needs and provide production and recovery services tailored to help them achieve their desired business outcomes.  Leveraging more than 40 years of experience, Sungard AS designs, builds and runs critical IT services that help customers manage complex IT, adapt quickly and build resiliency and availability. To learn more, visit or call 08082388080. Connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Representing techUK (formerly Intellect), the trade association, Sungard AS helped define ISO 27036 – the IT standard relating to information security in supplier relationships (including cloud services) as a member of SC27.  Previously in a similar arrangement, Sungard AS helped develop both business continuity management standard BS 25999, now ISO 22301 and IT continuity management standard ISO 27031.  Within the UK, Sungard AS became the first business continuity provider to secure certification against the BS 25999 Standard, which it retained in 2010. Sungard AS is also certified to ISO 27001 and ISO 9001, and compliant with IGSoC, PCI DSS and ISAE3402.

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