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On March 11th, 2011 a magnitude 9.0 earthquake rocked Japan. Its impact shifted the earth on its axis by up to 10 inches. Immediately afterwards, a devastating tsunami destroyed large portions of Japan’s coastline and caused major damage that induced a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

At the time, I was an Information Professional Officer with the US Navy, responsible for network communications for an entire Carrier Air Wing, and stationed ~160 miles from Fukushima. Suddenly the binder with our disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) plans became very important. While our infrastructure was largely intact, we had limited connectivity, rolling blackouts, and radioactive fallout amongst other challenges to deal with....Read More

I spend a good deal of time evaluating client disaster readiness and/or working with clients to develop and implement effective disaster recovery and business continuity plans. My view, in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, is that there are lessons to be learned from firms whose preparations enabled them to weather the storm with little if any ill effect as well as from those who experienced unplanned outages and worse....Read More

We hear regularly from our Higher Ed CIO clients about the accelerating complexity associated with maintaining legacy applications and IT service delivery processes. Doing this while quickly moving in parallel to support on-line learning platforms, an increasingly mobile student population and a rapidly changing application portfolio is an even greater challenge. (Exhausted yet?)  And by the way, all of this needs to be accomplished with a diminished pool of funding. Now more than ever, you need a structured approach to bring order from complexity. We think the Transformation Roadmap approach works well in these circumstances....Read More

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