Counting on Computers

by Erin McCune on March 8, 2007

in Caught My Eye, ECommerce, Technology

Business Week online has a slide show featuring the most critical computer systems in the world. The focus is the systems that we rely on for day-to-day life – as individuals and businesses.

…the buzz of daily life is ever more punctuated by contact with
computers that we rarely see, but whose constant and reliable operation
is a virtual necessity for millions who may not even think about them.

in mind, we set out to try to determine which computers are the most
important to daily life-those systems that keep the power flowing,
airplanes flying, the Internet buzzing, and so on. We focused on
everyday existence-leaving aside, for instance, the many large
supercomputers involved in such tasks as simulated testing of nuclear

Critical computers identified by BusinessWeek include:

  • Power Grid4_first_data_3
  • National Weather System
  • Root DNS
  • First Data
  • Ground Control / FAA
  • GPS
  • Google
  • MSN / Hotmail

Read the article and view the slide show here.

If the Dow Jones industrial average can sink 178 points in 1 minute due to a malfunction, what would happen if one of these computers had a glitch? Our interconnected,  technology driven modern world can be surprisingly fragile.

The world may not depend on your business' computers, but your livelihood does. Do you have a reliable back up of your critical data? Are your primary business systems redundant?  Do you have thresholds in place to monitor performance and anticipate problems before they happen?

As a true believer in computers and software to streamline business processes and enhance decision making, I am also well aware that systems do malfunction. Things inevitably go wrong. It's the contingency planning that makes all the difference.   

Image courtesy of Getty Images, via BusinessWeek

One Response to “Counting on Computers”

  1. Elsa Green says:

    With the help of computers anf the internet, legal forms can be easily obtained to start up a small business. There many such providers on the net.

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