“What a question. Certainly not!” you might burst out spontaneously. But at closer sight, this question is not bizarre at all. Because any IT professional who is willing to look beyond the edge of his plate will easily agree with Stephanie Balaouras, from Forrester Blog, that there are at least some implications of a spreading disease for IT operations: “What swine flu has done is reminded us all of the necessity to plan for threat scenarios that affect people more than they do data centers and other physical corporate facilities … You also have to think about your own employees: how will you run IT operations if key employees are out sick or can’t get to work? There’s a lot you can do remotely, but not everything. You have to ask yourself: how many employees have we cross-trained for other job functions? Can your storage administrators run backups? Could your server admins allocate storage or debug a storage network problem? Cross-training in critical functions is another part of workforce recovery or, I should say, workforce continuity.”
You still think of the blog title as weird? Maybe you should just use this opportunity to dust off your business continuity plan, or to automate some Housekeeping routines, which are both tiresome and business critical to your enterprise. It makes sense, even if the swine flu passes gentle the door of your data center.