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AT&T claims they are almost ready
-- Buddy (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 19, 1999
-- Vic (Roadrunner@compliant.com), February 19, 1999.
Full text of Computerworld news brief 2/8/99:
Briefs 02/08/99 AT&T: Voice, DataNets Y2K-Compliant
"AT&T Corp. in Basking Ridge, N.J., said last week its global voice and data network and customer billing systems are now fully year 2000- compliant. AT&T said about 20% of 360 million lines of code had date or time elements that needed changes. The effort cost about $700 million over three years."
Link at: www.computerworld.com/home/print.nsf/all/9902088F3E
Well, what is it, AT&T dudes? *Almost* ready or *fully* ready?
-- rick blaine (email@example.com), February 19, 1999.
It actually looks like AT&T WILL make it! WONDERFUL!!!! (Now, how many more TelCos are there?). -- Diane
See also ...
JOHN PASQUA REPORTS ON AT&TS YEAR 2000 PROGRESS
-- Diane J. Squire (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 19, 1999.
I agree Diane, that's great news. However, it doesn't make me do a complete about face on the telephone industry. ALL the long distance carriers could be 100% compliant tomorrow, but if the local phone co's aren't, it won't matter. The communicatins, banking and electric *industries* have to be compliant, not just peices of it.
-- Online2Much (home_from_work@last._), February 19, 1999.
Its great, but have they sworn to it?
-- dave (email@example.com), February 19, 1999.
Summarizing from above.
<<20 percent of their codes were affected by the date and required changes>>
Hate to break the bad news while we are applauding their apparent success, but that means two things:
One. Everybody else better look out. That's a lot of repair work just for a date change. Will other industries now in trouble (Chevron ?) (IRS ?) require similar massive updates?
Two. If 3%-7% of their changes created new errors - we need to ask if they "have finished testing" or "finished coding"?
Will they cooperate/support or isolate themselves during the upcoming power grid tests?
(Guess that is three questions.) ATT has been working on this for a while, and, like everybody who applied enough money at the right problems at the right time, they are now apparently closer to getting through.
It indicates that anyone (company or government) who has not been equally diligent is in deep trouble.
-- Robert A. Cook, P.E. (Kennesaw, GA) (Cook.firstname.lastname@example.org), February 19, 1999.
I remember seeing that they had 500 million lines of code to go through. So I guess that global voice and data network and customer billing systems represent 360 million lines of code and the other 140 million lines are for other systems. Wonder what the status of that is.
-- Rob Michaels (email@example.com), February 19, 1999.
Key Man Quits AT&T
Key Man Quits AT&T
Annunziata's departure for rival seen as setback for Armstrong's overhaul
February 25, 1999: 9:42 a.m. ET
NEW YORK (CNNfn) - Robert Annunziata, head of AT&T Corp.'s business services operation, has resigned after six months in that post to join a competitor, dealing a blow to Chairman Michael Armstrong's efforts to overhaul AT&T.
Annunziata, 50, joined AT&T last year after it bought Teleport Communications, a local phone company he built, and became head of business services in September.
He resigned Wednesday to become chief executive of Global Crossing Ltd., a nimble, two-year old business that is building a global phone network.
Annunziata had reported directly to Armstrong, who has been struggling to overhaul AT&T, the nation's biggest long-distance phone carrier.
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-- Leska (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 25, 1999.
When will an organization like AT&T say something like the following: "We are done, we are finished, completely, no ifs, no ands, no buts, we are, today, this day, ready for January 1, 2000, and all the days that follow!"
Just About There announcements like these were getting old last year, they sure don't smell any fresher now.
-- Jack (email@example.com), February 25, 1999.