Differing Views On Y2K Readiness

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Inevitablity does everything come down to who do you believe? On the one hand we have Special K doing spin control and on the other hand we have the Gartner group. Link

Gartner Group last week released a report that says Y2K failures are inevitable, even in tested code. Meanwhile, the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion says the Internet is ready for the new century.

According to the Gartner Group report, which assessed year 2000 preparations in 87 countries and 17 industry sectors, Y2K failures will occur during the rest of 1999 as a result of defects in remediated lines of code-even in code that's been tested. Other problems will come from transaction programs that start using date-forward calculations during the fourth quarter of 1999 and from companies that enter fiscal year 2000 before the actual date change.

Once the date change takes place, problems will occur due to business transactions running defective code, frozen applications running for the first time, noncompliant packaged software, noncompliant archived data running on compliant systems, and code that has been inadequately tested. Problem resolution could take up to one year, the report says.

The IT advisory firm's warnings were balanced by a statement from President Clinton's Y2K council that the Internet is expected to make the transition fairly effortlessly. However, the council acknowledged that the Internet's wide user base and extensive worldwide infrastructure make it impossible to assess potential problems accurately.

Says John Koskinen, chairman of the President's council, "Overall, the Internet is a very redundant system that should continue to function even if there are Y2K problems."

-- y2k dave (xsdaa111@hotmail.com), August 24, 1999


It was a rough night in jericho. thousands of folks high up on the mighty wall laughing an scoffing. The hebrew slaves had no idea what was going to happen but walked the two mile circumference seven times. only the prostitute rahab and her family got out alive. the burned ruins are still there for a witness. what a story. thirty years behind the knife. the remediators are still struggling to remediate our hospital and said they will be ready for testing on Dec. 16. don't worry.

-- drdon (don29681@aol.com), August 24, 1999.

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