By Bill Goodwin
27 Apr 2009
Businesses were urged to review their business continuity plans amid
warnings that a swine flu could lead to absenteeism rates of up to 40%
if a pandemic takes hold.
The warning follows growing concern over the H1N1 virus, which has led
to between 20 and 80 deaths in Mexico, with further cases reported in US
Spain and New Zealand.
Analyst firm Gartner advised businesses to place IT at the forefront of
their business continuity plans as the virus spreads.
"It is important to have pandemic contingency plans that define what you
would do if the workforce absenteeism rates exceeded 40% or you had to
close your offices. As you develop and refresh those plans don't forget
that mobile and wireless technology has a part to play," said analyst
Gartner advises businesses to use wireless broadband to allow employees
to work remotely. Organisations should consider buying mobile broadband
adaptors with built-in wireless capability.
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