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Divide & Conquer: A Modular Approach to Contingency Planning

Written by  Mark Jablonowski November 19, 2007

Contingency planning for a large organization can be a daunting, if not downright insurmountable, task. The shear number of scenarios with the potential for disaster can be tremendous. Each scenario carries with it its own unique problems and hence requires tailor made plans. In the face of these many potentials for trouble, how do we make contingency planning manageable? The answer lies in making our plans modular. We must split the task of planning among those organizational entities best able to respond to them.While the "accepted wisdom" is that all organizational planning, especially that for contingencies, must be centralized, the fact is that many real-world organizations currently plan modularly and do so quite effectively. The classic modular planning opportunity is the electronic data processing center. It has for years been recognized that organizations depend critically on these centers of data processing activity. While they face there own unique set of

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