There has been a raging debate going on over at Linkedin about whether Logistics has lost its importance and luster in the corporation. I think the devastating tragedy in Japan will put this to bed once and for all as it is clear logistics will drive the recovery in that Country.
For the GIS folks who believe logistics has been displaced with information flow, I would love to see you get water, food, fuel and recovery needs to people who need it with an iPad and some code. What will solve Japan's crisis and help people in need are trucks, truck drivers, warehouseman and "boots on the ground" not computers.
This puts this debate to bed in my mind. Computers are a tool for the people who will actually do the work recovering.
My heart and prayers are with the people of Japan AND with those courageous people who will risk their lives to get the food, fuel and medical supplies to those who desperately need it.