GARTNER GROUP AND PROJECTED FAILURE BEFORE 1-1-00greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
OUR SYSTEMS ARE DESIGNED TO RUN FROM 1901-1999. EX: (01-99)
AS LONG AS OUR SYSTEMS ARE IN 1999, YOU CAN EASILY BACK DATE OR MANIPULATE A SYSTEM TO PROCESS DATA. EXAMPLE FISCAL YEAR END CAN BE CHANGED TO CLOSE TO END AT MONTH 12 OR (DECEMBER) AND MANUALLY PREPARED FOR TAX PURPOSES. ALSO SYSTEMS THAT LOOK AHEAD FOR ORDERING PURPOSES CAN BE CHANGED. THAT IS THE REASON WE HAVE NOT SEEN ANY (PROBLEMS) WITH THIS SITUATION.
THE GARTNER GROUP IS GIVING US LOOK OUT DATES TO MAKE US BELIEVE THEY ARE USING UPDATED SYSTEMS. THEY ARE USING THE OLD SYSTEMS, AND JUST DOING A FEW THINGS MANUALLY.
ONCE WE REACH 1-1-2000 AS THE CURRENT DATE, THAT GAME CAN NO LONGER WORK.
I BELIEVE THEY ARE RELEASING THIS INFO TO GIVE THE PUBLIC A REASON TO SAY THEY GETTING IT ALL DONE.
LOOK AT NEW YORK THIER FISCAL WAS MARCH, AND NOTHING HAPPENED.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
THEY ARE NOT FIXING A BUG THEY ARE REWRITING A DESIGN PROBLEM, OUR SYSTEMS ARE DOING WHAT ARE SUPPOSED TO DO AND THAT'S TO WORK UNTIL 01-01-00.
-- Arthur Washington (ARTWASH@webtv.net), May 06, 1999
i don't know about gartner group, but it is true that a lot of small businesses still have not bothered to upgrade their accounting software packages, and the only thing that gets these people off dead center is when their forecasting goes into 2000, and everything pukes. my husband, who works for a computer services firm, had a call a couple days a go from a company. on may 1, their forecasting went into 2000, and their accounting went screwy. he told them how to fix the problem TEMPORARILY, and said they had to upgrade.
the company is still using version 2 of an accounting package that now has a version 7, and they had completely IGNORED the letter from the software company telling them they must upgrade to be 2000-compliant. so how much longer will they wait? who knows? their problem is temporarily fixed, so they can fiddle around for a while yet.
-- jocelyne slough (email@example.com), May 06, 1999.
The simplest software problem to fix is the fiscal year projection problem. I beleive most company's won't experience real fiscal year problems until the close of the fiscal year. That's when all the real math takes place. And last time I checked 99 was greater than 00. Should make for some real interesting computations.
-- DJ (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 06, 1999.