His point was that many (possibly most) firms do put a lot of effort into DR plans for their offshore centers. They come up with elaborate schemes to handle the situation wherein their city of choice loses power or network, floods, has an earthquake, etc.
Many of those same companies have no such plan for themselves. They have no way to handle the relatively likely event of an earthquake in their Silicon Valley development center, or a long-term power outage in their Omaha data center.
So I thought a little bit about the large and small scale disasters I listed in my own experience, in yesterday's post. Here's the breakdown on these, of "insourced" versus "outsourced" impact:
- Ice storms in Pennsylvania. That was the insourced team.
- Tamil rebel bombings in Sri Lanka. That was the outsourced team.
- Large scale demonstrations in India. That was the outsourced team.
- Flooding in Mumbai India. That was the outsourced team.
- The 2004 tsunami in Asia. That was the outsourced team.
- Virus infection in a lab in Massachusetts. That was the insourced team..
- Power outage in a lab in Massachusetts. That was the insourced team.
- Flooding in New Orleans. That was the insourced team.
- Fires in Southern California. That was the insourced team.
- DR impact for Insourced Team: 5 events in recent memory.
- DR impact for Outsourced Team: 4 events in recent memory.
So a point to ponder for all the readers on the client side of global sourcing partnerships -- why do you put so more effort into your offshore DR plan than you do into a general disaster readiness plan that encompasses all your sites?
Seriously, e-mail me or add comments, because I'd love to know your thoughts on this.