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Tuesday, 2005-10-18


Gartner: IT will survive bird flu

Hilarious article in El Reg:

If the latest news from the wonderful world of Pandemia has got your organisation running around like a headless Romanian chicken, then don’t fret: Gartner has released an essential guide to avian influenza, aka bird flu, aka Black Death II, which mercifully states that although you will most likely be lying dead among the smouldering ruins of society, your IT infrastructure can be saved for future generations.

The article supplements Gartner’s tips (“Assign someone in your business to track biological threats such as the avian flu. […]”) with the following:

  • Bulk buy flowers and coffins as part of your business continuity preparedness for a permanent workforce outage scenario.
  • Assign someone in your business to stand on the roof and shoot anything with wings.
  • Set up email autoresponders to communicate: “Sorry, I’m out of the office due to death.”
  • Lock infected employees in their homes with broadband access and then paint a red cross on the door.
  • Leave a full set of instructions on how to reboot the servers for the next generation emerging blinking into the post-apocalyptic landscape.
  • Try to stay calm.

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