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SP employs a number of experienced systems administrators and programmers to oversee its technical operations and evaluate when hardware replacements or upgrades changes are needed. In addition to their operational duties, systems personnel monitor innovations developments in data management and storage, attend relevant conferences, and upgrade their skills through SP's professional development program (see


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Potential Risks

There is a risk that systems personnel, who know the Designated Community, system requirements, and system behaviour intimately, will leave the organization at some point. To minimize this risk, SP uses well known hardware components and delegates critical responsibilities to several people. At the same time, SP can draw on the expertise of systems administrators at ITS and vendors for help with hardware evaluation. Please see the Risk Analysis and Management Strategies document for more information about SP's strategies for reducing the impact of personnel departures.