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“You can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I won’t back down.” Tom Petty
No, really! What’s more, I can pretty much guarantee that you won’t back down either.
Here’s the thing, these are the gates of hell on earth that I’m talking about. It’s a tourist spot in Turkmenistan. I suspect the late, great Tom Petty had the real deal in mind when he wrote I Won’t Back Down in 1989. The Darvaza gas crater, also known as the “door to hell” or “gates of hell” is deep in the heart of Turkmenistan’s Karakum Desert. The fiery crater has glowed day and night continuously for since 1971.
Oddly enough, the crate is man-made. It was created by accident by Soviet scientists who were trying to solve a crisis in a hurry. And, it carries lessons on how to avoid creating big long-term digital issues, when trying to fix a crisis situation. That’s worth pondering, given the recent special report by AppDynamics where 76 percent of IT executives expressed concern about the longer-term impact of digital transformation initiatives that were rushed through during the COVID crisis.
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