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Monday night, an 8″ water main burst in downtown Dallas, flooding the Dallas County Records Building. The basement of the Records building just happens to be where the county’s critical servers are housed – now under 6 feet of water. On Tuesday, county operations were reduced to old fashioned pencil and paper – including the court system and the jails. Needless to say, things have ground to a halt without an effective disaster recovery plan in place. One attorney, frustrated by the mess in the courts summed it up the best: “We’re at a standstill. Things are happening, they’re just happening at a snail’s pace.”
But, this is government – these things are almost expected, right? There is already plenty of finger pointing going on, and the budget excuses are flying. No surprise. But, before we get too carried away in blaming Dallas County for their ineptitude, let’s look in the mirror. How would my business fare faced with a similar crisis?