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     Print Edition: May 15, 2011

Future imperfect
Even as horrific images of the disaster that struck Japan continue to linger in our minds, we can just wonder what would happen if a similar disaster were to strike India. BT cover story, Ready for Doomsday? (May 1, 2011) highlights how companies are equipped to fight disasters like this. The Japanese double disaster is testimony to the fact that a reliable early warning system, state-ofthe-art infrastructure and a strong political commitment can go a long way in saving lives during a disaster. Our government recognised the urgent need for proactive and effective disaster management systems. However, it is a cause of great worry that many of the proposed measures towards preparedness are lagging behind or suffering due to lack of political will.
Jacob Sahayam, Thiruvananthapuram

Timely intervention
Within a month after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck Japan, India experienced two moderate tremors. Were these warnings? Experts say, they were, and they say Indians need to be more prepared to deal with natural and manmade calamities. BT cover story, Ready for Doomsday?, shows what all can happen and how companies are prepared to face a disaster. It is important to launch an awareness campaign to prepare Indian households too. People staying in quake-prone areas should be all the more alert.
J .K. Das, Delhi

Battleground
Danger Ahead (May1, 2011) was indicative of the future of HP and Dell in the face of competition from Apple with its new gadgets and newer applications. Apple had a technology transfer agreement with IBM in the desktop domain to come up with Power Mac G5 and has subsequently surpassed IBM. HP's acquisition of Palm would enlarge its basket of services through Web OS apps but its acquisition of Vertica performing real time analyses and Dell's buyout of KACE will not carve a niche because IBM has an edge over both in cloud computing. Both companies need to struggle a lot to prove their futuristic claims. For Apple to claim its overall supremacy, it must realise that as long as IT and ITeS services are not available for commoners, it is definitely not going to rule the market.
B. Rajasekaran, Bangalore

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