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Managing the flow of an infinite supply of worthwhile projects through a finite IT operation takes finesse. Here's how to avoid the backlog and the chaos

Keith Robertory was staring down a project of epic proportions.

Last fall, as the East Coast prepared for Hurricane Sandy to strike, Robertory was planning to create and run an entire IT shop. He'd have only hours to organize staff and get systems running.

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He just needed to know where to go.

Robertory heads the disaster services technology group at the American Red Cross. It's his job to make sure Red Cross aid workers have the on-site technology they need to do their jobs, even when a hurricane takes out everything else.

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