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Building a Resilient Planet

An IBM Redpaper publication


Published on 18 January 2013, updated 22 January 2013

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IBM Form #: REDP-4978-00

Authors: Colin Dr. Harrison

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    In the next decades, regions around the world will face increasing changes from two types of threats: acute threats and chronic threats. Acute threats are natural and man-made catastrophes such as hurricanes and earthquakes. Chronic threats are the causes of shortages of basic resources such as water, food, and energy. A resilient planet is one that can deal with such changes.

    Public and private sectors depend on information technology (IT) in critical situations that affect geographic regions and resources:

    • They need more robust and resilient IT to support rapid recovery during and after a natural or man-made disaster.
    • They can use analytics and modeling to prepare for and adapt to acute and chronic threats.
    • They must be able to decentralize industrial methods for the provision of services and management of resources for higher resilience and reduction of waste.
    • Citizens and other stakeholders can have a direct view of a situation across their region and can have a direct voice in the development of recovery plans.

    The lessons that IBM® has learned from exploring the IBM Smarter Planet® have taught us the power of real-world information combined with tools for analysis, modeling, and visualization. In a disaster situation, they can provide responders with a single view of the truth across the region, with the ability to optimally allocate available resources, and with the ability to track missing persons and to reunite families. In a region of resource stress, they can equally provide a single view of the truth in space and in time, learning from the past and predicting the future.

    This IBM Redbooks® Point-of-View publication describes how vital IT resiliency is to recovering quickly from natural and man-made disasters. It highlights the skills, methods, and expertise IBM has to help establish a resilient IT environment.

    Table of Contents

    A world of increasing threats

    Information as a tool of resilience

    Resilient IT services and recovery

    Learning and foresight

    A single view of the truth

    Stakeholder engagement

    What's next: How IBM can help


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