The Year 2000 is here
Congratulations to the ESB, Eircom, RTE, and the hospitals, banks and other engineering and IT teams who kept things running over the rollover. All their precautions paid off.
There are three waves of Y2K problems, relating to the future, the present, and the past. The first wave of Y2K Future was handled as look-ahead systems hit the 2000 date. In many cases, the lead time was enough to handle problems as they arose. Y2K Present began on 1-1-2000 with the rollover of embedded systems. That will become more important in the first month as most IT systems are restarted as companies go back to work. Y2K Past will finally affect people as dates are handled across 1999 to 2000 for debtor ageing and the like. This may affect batch and end-of-month operations.
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Y2K News in Europe generally updated 12 Dec 1999
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Looking for more information on the Year 2000 problem? Read one of Patrick O'Beirne's articles first. This is an archive of all the articles written for "Irish Computer" magazine and other publications from April 1997 to the end of the series in February 2000.
|WHAT DO WE DO NOW?!! - Last minute tips from Action 2000
as a 70K Word document.
The FAQ for Year 2000 and spreadsheets - specifically EXCEL.
The FAQ "Is there a web site dealing with..." Compliance lists and help for small businesses. Updated May 1999.
Reports of bug incidents can be read at:
Peter de Jager's Year 2000 information site is now being sold (http://www.year2000.com/)
Rob Harmer of PC Profile is keeping his pages online at http://www.pcprofile.com/flinks.htm "These are our favourite links, which might also assist your organisation with matters relating toYear 2000, Euro2000, Anti-Piracy, Auditing, Accounting Matters and Anti-Virus. "
Y2K News in Ireland
The Y2K LIST FOR IRELAND is now archived at: http://www.egroups.com/group/y2k-ireland/
National Survey of Business Response
When presented with a statement that the software industry and/or 'someone' would come up with a solution, almost three times as many Irish companies as their UK counterparts agreed. This would suggest that Irish companies may be considerably more na´ve in relation to the issue than their UK counterparts.
At a press briefing on May 5th, Ronan Tynan of Esperanza correctly pointed out that the low SME action found in the survey was the "chickens coming home to roost" of our low-budget Y2K campaign compared proportionately to the UK's Action 2000.
IBEC Year 2000 Infrastructure Conference April 20 1999 "An update on Key Suppliers' Y2K Preparedness". Covers Electricity, Gas, Oil, Transport, Telecoms, etc. My report is at http://www.sysmod.com/ibec9d20.htm
A good way to keep in touch with Y2K news in Ireland is to visit the Irish Times web
page at http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/archive/
March 1999: The Government web site http://www.irlgov.ie/y2k
is now open. Information will be added over the next months.
January 1999: Safety Implications of the Year 2000 bug. Report on a NIFAST seminar in association with the Health & Safety Authority.
18 December 1998 : Enterprise Ireland announces a Y2K Helpline at 1850 57 2000. You can phone them from anywhere in Ireland for the cost of a local call. They have an information pack and a directory of Y2K solution providers in Ireland. They will have experts on call to help answer specific questions. A web site will be available at http://www.forbairt.ie/y2k including a set of SME case studies carried out among Irish Businesses by Patrick O'Beirne.
The Sunday Business Post of 6 December 1998 had a "Computers in Business" supplement. There is a 12 page report from Martyn Emery of Corporation 2000 on Dublin's preparedness. Their website is www.sbpost.ie The editor John Dunne describes it as "one of the most important studies on the subject to date in this country". Was it government sponsored? No. It was produced in association with Val Keating & Associates, Chartered Accountants, and sponsored by the Sunday Business Post, ITL Netsource, Access Communications Group and Irish Estates. Congratulations to them for their civic spirit. Copies are available for ú30 (c. $45) from Val Keating & Associates, Saint James Court, 7 Saint James Terrace, Malahide. Co. Dublin. Tel 01 845 2311 Fax 01 845 3104 email email@example.com
In conclusion, Ireland may well be offering a Y2K safe haven for companies (e.g. German companies....) wishing to locate here.
National Conference 9 Sep 1998
Agenda of the conference and my Call to Action for the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Mr. Bertie Ahern.
Department of Enterprise & Employment Guide to Year 2000 http://www.irlgov.ie/entemp/year2000.htm
Y2K as Gaeilge
The Y2K Problem: Response to European Commission by Ireland (PDF) 24 June 1998 http://www.ispo.cec.be/y2keuro/docs/y2k-irl.pdf
Call for Action 11 May 1998 to the Year 2000 Minister in Ireland, Mr. Noel Treacy. I ask for a national infrastructure review and contingency planning. I put forward proposals for small business assistance.
A good source of weekly news is the Irish Times Finance and Technology pages - see the archive at http://www.irish-times.ie
2000 Aware Survey in Ireland November 1997 showed that over half of the finance directors surveyed do not have a Y2K budget and 28% have problems locating source code.
Transcript of Parliamentary question Oct 14 1997 on the Irish Government's response to Y2K.
|The EU Programme for the Information Society (ISPO) has a Web site concerning the IT
impact of the Year 2000 and of the European Monetary Union at: http://www.ispo.cec.be/y2keuro.
This has an appendix with a list of hundreds of web sites for Y2K information on infrastructure readiness in Europe.
|Gerhard Knolmayer of the University of
Berne, Switzerland, has published a presentation on The state of solving the Y2K
problem in Europe. Note: this is a 318K .PDF file that requires version 3 or later of
Acrobat Reader, earlier versions cannot read it.
Capers Jones of
Software Productivity Research (SPR) has published papers
on the severity of the Y2K problem. Unlike most alarmists, he supports his arguments with
metrics from his client companies. The following files are in Word 6 format. Right-click
on the link to download them, or select the ZIP archive with both together.
Jan 1998: Capers Jones' Rules of Thumb for Estimating Year 2000 and euro projects rthumb98.zip 39K ZIP of a 182K Word document.. I don't believe that the euro conversion task is as big as he suggests. For the majority of companies, there is a three year transition period, currency conversion only accounts for 1 or 2 FP per application, and low-impact strategies are possible. (I cover this in my "euro IT conversion" presentations). But for companies in financial services, there are serious implications. See the FISD conference at http://www.iiameets.com
|For more information on the European single currency (euro) project of Economic
and Monetary Union (EMU), see our EMU web page.
This SIG (Special Interest Group) of the ICS has disbanded. The ICS web site is http://www.ics.ie
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