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Oh joy, we've got a new I.T. crises to worry about.

By Andrew Pollack on 05/03/2006 at 03:33 PM EDT

Lets just go ahead and call this one "BirdFlu2k", as that's how its evolving. The idea is that there's this looming deadline (sound familiar?) only this time its even better because we don't know when it actually is. Its probably at least a year or two away but nobody can be sure. When this deadline hits, it will hit suddenly, and we're all going to have to be prepared to work from home -- possibly without food or power. Yes, its up to our I.T. departments to get their plans in place now and roll out those vpn's and secure token cards just as fast as they can or the whole world will cease to function and the stock price will drop through the floor.

Why am I saying this? The panic mongers are already out there banging their drums and charging enormous consulting fees to companies desperate to be able to add that line item to this year's annual report to say "Yes, we have our BirdFlu2k plan in place and ready!"

Gack.


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My own thoughts on this are...By Ben Langhinrichs on 05/03/2006 at 03:55 PM EDT
What, you are against the full employment of high paid fear mongering
consultants?
My own thoughts on this are...By Rich on 05/04/2006 at 09:26 AM EDT
Yes, it's great. The resulting deployments, though some won't quite get past
the fat expensive report of what they'd like to do, will mean more scalable and
secure remote computing options.

With fuel prices only going up, and most companies giving telecommuters lip
service without an infrastructure to support everyone that could use it, I
agree there will be some high costs involved. But hey, its going to happen
anyway, and there will be fringe benefits.

Right now its much easier for managers to resist the idea of more than
occassional telecommuting, since capabilities are typically lacking in one or
more areas. With some BirdFlu2K momemntum, I think some of these excuses willl
vanish.

A recent project, not far removed from pandemic prep, was a disaster
recovery/hotsite project. While a catastrophic disaster could be more probable
than a pandemic, the preparation and related investment has numerous benefits.
It's hard for folks to argue with doing 'change' work on our systems during the
day now, since we have the failover and redundancy to handle it. Similarly,
we've got superb options for business continuity for day to day problems caused
by human error and normal bugs...

I can think of projects that were most complete wastes of time and
money...BirdFlu2K could set the stage for chopping off expensive real estate
costs, and better work/life/car balance for workers. Bring it on!

Rich


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