The Year 2000 Convincing The CEO
by Jennifer McNeill, President of Cipher Systems Ltd.
As I sit across the desk from the CEO of this billion
dollar organization, I try to restrain myself from committing an act that will have
me either thrown out of the building, or arrested. Strangling a person was not acceptable
the last time I checked. The person in question is well educated and well respected.
He has spent 30 years proving himself in many departments and organizations. He is
generally well known for making good business decisions. He is explaining to me why he
doesn't really have a Year 2000 problem and that, although his organization has
more than 25 million lines of legacy code currently in production, there
is no urgency to start the project until 1998. He tells me there are many applications
that are being rewritten in those 25 million lines of code. But his IT staff
says that only 10 million lines are now being rewritten and the other 15
million can't be replaced with packaged applications or re-engineering.
There are other problems, too.
Make Time for Year 2000 (The Challenge)
by Hasan Naqvi, Managing Partner of CM Inc.
Over one-third of Canadian enterprises are under-prepared
for the Year 2000 systems disaster, according to a survey conducted by the
Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC). CM Inc., a member of
ITAC, has taken a common-sense approach to helping customers resolve the
Year 2000 problem.
Year 2000 - An Opportunity for Improvement
by Khattar Maalouf, Manager Stretegic and Technology Services, KPMG
Over the next couple of years, an average-sized
organization may spend millions of dollars to enable it information systems to handle
dates in year 2000 and beyond. Can such high costs be justified? What are the benefits?
This article highlights some of the opportunities that may not only resolve the Year 2000
problem, but also move the information technology environment well into the 21st century.
Year 2000 Warranties in Software Conversion
by Lindsay Gorrell, LLB,P.Eng., Fraser & Beatty
The impact of the Year 2000 problem will be
widespread and potentially very damaging for many sectors of the economy.
On January 1, 2000, many companies in the business, finance and banking sectors will
be unable to perform computer-related tasks involving date calculations,such as printing
or depositing cheques,calculating interest, purchasing/selling stock, processing employee
benefit claims, communicating internally or externally over data communication networks
(including the Internet and intranets), making airline reservations and producing financial
statements. Many companies in the communications sector will be unable to operate ground
or satellite telecommunications and broadcast networks. Some of the worlds largest
computer industry research companies have estimated the worldwide cost of fixing the Year
2000 problem to be in the $600 to $700 billion range.
Gaining Future Value From Your Year 2000
by Glen Drodge, Principal, KPMG and Roger Guinn, Executive Director, KPMG
Many organizations will soon have to make major
information technology investments to address the Year 2000 issue. If your organization is
one of these, this provides a good opportunity for your organization to examine its current
business processes before making this investment. You may find that a thorough examination
of your business processes will provide significant opportunity for cost savings to your
organization. In turn, these savings could be used to finance the investment costs for
the Year 2000 efforts. In the end your organization receives considerable value as a by-product
of the Year 2000 need.