Re: Year 2000

Subject: Re: Year 2000
From: "Doug, Data Librarian at Ext 4225" <engstromdd -at- PHIBRED -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 9 Dec 1994 15:16:34 -0600

Regarding the year 2000, Ray Bruman writes:

Warning articles like this have circulated in the data-processing
community for quite some time. The optimists see a field day for
EDP consultants, who command high fees for pulling people's fat
out of the fire. Pessimists see widespread collapse and chaos,
because people are notoriously unprepared...what do you think?

I think:

1) Some companies have already started preparation to make changes or toss
out the old apps and develop completely new ones using more efficient
methodologies. (Often more palatable, politically, and often only slightly
more expensive, than patching up the old apps.)

2) Some companies will wait until the last minute, overwork their
development staffs and spend big bucks on dubious solutions.

3) Some companies will wait until after the last minute, experience a
crisis of mild to serious proportions, depending on what is affected, fire
chunks of their IS management (for the sake of form if nothing else), and
eventually get their acts together if the damage isn't too severe.

This has been my extremely modest attempt to move people to category 1).


Doug "Women are designed for long,
ENGSTROMDD -at- phibred -dot- com miserable lives, whereas men are
designed for short, violent ones."
- Estelle Ramey

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