I met the other day with a CIO from a Health Ministry in a country that has confirmed swine flu cases and I asked them how things were going. The response was very reassuring. “Fine, we have set up a command center, it is working, and we have done everything according to plan.” The CIO commented that the IT organization and the Ministry for that matter was engaged, confident and executing a plan that they had originally developed for Bird Flu.
Now, no one can say for certain what will happen with the current outbreak. But it does give CIOs and executives the opportunity to show the financial, risk and operational returns of good preparedness. That is important for your staff and customers to know that you have a planned response rather than one that is reactionary.
There are many experts commenting on the Gartner Blog Network about what to do. Just thought that you would be interested to know some response from people who are on the front lines right now.
Its time to execute the plan and demonstrate the value of preparation.