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Organizations do not work in isolation; they require suppliers, vendors, partners and clients/customers. Without any of these and organization cannot – and does not – operate. Even an organization that might be the only provider of a service or product still needs someone to provide it raw materials before it can sell them to vendors and clients. Thus, if any supplier or vendor – either upstream or downstream – experiences an outage, the organization will begin to suffer as well. For example, when Toyota experienced a disaster due to the Japanese Earthquake and resulting tsunami, many manufacturing plants around the globe later experienced issues. They had to cut back shifts or in some business instances, the business had to close for a short time until supplies from Japan could be received once more.

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