In this episode we take a look at the impact of COVID-19, commonly known as the Coronavirus. Since the outbreak in China towards the end of 2019, tens of thousands have been infected, thousands of people have died. As the spread of the disease moves outside China, we look at the effect on business, conferences and the positive benefits that may occur with reduced travel.
During the podcast we make some specific references. Here’s a link to the report on supply chain impacts. Here’s a link to the article on the reduction in emissions over China. This one covers the Corona beer story and this the Zoom story. Finally, here’s a link to the Force Majeure article.
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- 00:00:00 – Intros
- 00:01:30 – What is the coronavirus?
- 00:03:14 – What are the social implications of the virus spreading?
- 00:04:00 – Has Chinese New Year masked the impact of the virus?
- 00:06:05 – What are the business implications?
- 00:07:15 – Travel bans are starting to be put in place
- 00:08:45 – Businesses will need continuity plans
- 00:10:15 – Will we see more hacking and ransomware occurring?
- 00:11:30 – DR plans need to focus on both technical and personnel areas
- 00:13:15 – Will we learn anything new about remote working?
- 00:13:45 – Vendors are cancelling or postponing conferences
- 00:15:15 – No big infrastructure vendors have cancelled – yet
- 00:17:45 – Who will cancel an event – the venue organiser or vendor?
- 00:18:34 – Could Force Majeure apply to cancellations & contracts?
- 00:21:00 – Which big vendor will blink first?
- 00:22:15 – Will see a change in how we share information & knowledge?
- 00:26:00 – Chinese emissions are down as a result of the virus lockdown
- 00:28:30 – Back to the supply chain – is storage being affected?
- 00:30:50 – Could we see companies looking to be more efficient with existing resources?
- 00:34:00 – What can we do to help – other than washing hands….?
- 00:37:45 – Disaster recover is more than just recovering technology
- 00:39:00 – Shares in Zoom are going up – but not the conference software people!
- 00:39:30 – And Corona beer sales are down….
- 00:41:30 – Wrap Up
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