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Breaking News

October 8, 2001

Software community donates services

Richard A. D'Errico   The Business Review

The New York State Software Network (NYSSNET) is reaching out to its members -- the software community -- to find people who can provide free, professional services to companies trying to recover from the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attacks.

With more than 10,000 software companies across the state and some 120,000 employees, NYSSNET's statewide regional members will seek to enlist volunteers for the program, NYSSNET said.

NYSSNET's members include the Tech Valley Software Alliance in the Capital Region.

A new consortium based in Manhattan, called the "World Trade Center IT Mobilization" -- http://www.xb5.com/wtcitm -- created to help companies affected in the disaster to recover, will coordinate NYSSNET's contributed services. The effort seeks to mobilize senior-level management consultants with skills in all areas of technology and operations.

"Over the last two weeks our members have given what they can independently to those organizations that have supported us over the years," said Kate Magno, NYSSNET executive director. "This effort will give us the system needed to collectively provide direct, efficient help to the companies that suffered from the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings."

Michael Drapkin, CEO of XB5 Partners is leading the volunteer effort.

"The World Trade Center housed 430 businesses from 26 countries. Firms in surrounding buildings also suffered damage," said Drapkin, who also chairs eCommerce Management for Columbia University's Executive IT Management Program. "If you count firms that lost their technology infrastructure or data centers, as well as telecommunications links, the number of affected firms and organizations is staggering."

Donated services will include:

  • Assessment of systems damage and development of recovery project plans

  • Disaster recovery
  • Project management

  • Day-to-day operations (IT, sales and marketing, manufacturing, distribution)

    Other local tech companies have also volunteered their efforts. Wendy Gavert of TekConnect, a New Jersey-based consulting company and hardware provider with an Albany office, helped initiate a database of volunteers to help companies affected by the Sept. 11 attacks. Rapid Application Developers Inc. of Troy created the database found at http://www.rapiddevelopers.com/businessvolunteer/asp. The Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce has promoted the site to its members.

    Mapping software developer MapInfo of North Greenbush offered its services to government and news agencies who need maps detailing such things as affected locations or tracking emergency services.

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