Expect the unexpected
Court disaster long enough, and it will accept your proposal.
dont wait on human beings. They happen in the blink of an eye, and before
you know it, all the carefully-made plans of mice and men are scattered to the
July 2005 saw Mumbai facing the kind of downpour that would not be considered
commonplace anywhere except in Cherrapunji. The torrential rainstorm exposed
chinks in the disaster recovery set-ups of Indias leading banks as ATM
networks collapsed like dominoes.
Banks werent the only ones to face the brunt of Mother Nature; every enterprise
in Indias financial capital found its world turned upside down. Does this
reflect a lack of planning or is it that the unexpected by its very nature is
The truth, as in most things, lies somewhere in the middle. Yes, the planning
could have been better, redundancies more robust, and contingencies accounted
for better. That said, nothing could have prepared India Inc.s finest
for a squall of monstrous proportions.
The important thing is that the lessons of 26/7 seem to have been learned. CIOs
are taking a hard look at their DR strategies and going back to the drawing
board to refine the same.
This time around we bring you a collection of case studies from key industry
verticals that put the spotlight on DR and BC. We picked BFSI, telecom, manufacturing
and IT/ITES as these are some of the biggest deployers of IT.
To add a little paprika to the mix, theres an account of how CIOs from
leading institutions and companies dealt with the unexpected and came through
26/7, battered and bruised but in one piece.
Will things change for the better? Is the script going to play out differently
the next time nature strikes? The jurys out on that, but we at Network
Magazine believe that the lessons of 26/7 will not be soon forgotten. India
Inc. will do better the second time around.
Prashant L Rao
Head of Editorial Operations