Published July 22, 2021
Imagine it: you’re writing a paper, and your deadline is looming. Or, you’re about to join a remote class over Zoom. You open your laptop and… nothing. The screen is black. You hit the power button and wait. It won’t power on. You plug it in, but it won’t charge. What’s going through your head?
This very thing happened to me (on the first day of the semester, no less) not too long ago. Oddly enough, the first thing I thought about was astronauts.
Earlier in my career, I worked with rocket scientists at the University of Tennessee, who explained to me that NASA follows a simple philosophy to avoid catastrophic failures when planning dangerous space missions: have a backup plan. It’s a principle we in IT have adopted too: redundancy is key. If there is a “single point of failure,” eventually, it will fail. Plan on it.
So, as a UB student: what’s your technology backup plan? Where are your “single points of failure,” and how can you adapt when (not if) they fail?
When it comes to technology, UBIT is here to help UB students with resources they can use to develop a backup plan.
A broken laptop may not be as bad as a failure on a space shuttle—but it can be catastrophic if it gets in the way of your success as a student. So, what’s your backup plan? Having a backup plan, when it comes to technology or any other aspect of your life and success, is a life skill that brings peace of mind and the power to succeed on your own terms.
J. Brice Bible is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer (VPCIO) for UB. UBIT is a service division at UB that provides enterprise technology leadership and guidance.