The phrase "Year 2000" or "Y2K" Problem is a general term for a variety of issues facing the software and hardware industries. These issues include:
You may not have imagined the types of systems which could be effected by this problem. Ask yourself these questions:
Here are a couple of good web resources on the Year 2000 problem:
Description of Talk:
The Y2K problem is very complex and as with most difficult problems, can not be solved simply by applying more resources. Programming has historically been more art than science and programmers have always found novel, non-standard and unpredictable ways of handling data, including of course dates. A typical large system represents hundreds of person years of such creative work, which is then consistently modified, under time pressure, over a period of years. Large-scale systems are therefore by their nature, resistant to mass change. The first 60% - 70% of the problems are relatively easy; the remainder get progressively more difficult. The solutions are not only dedication and intelligence, but the most critical factor, a lot of specific Y2K experience.
Mr. Leon Stevens, President, Millennium Technologies Group, will discuss the state of Year 2000 conversions. Many mainframe systems are now in their testing phase. Corporations and vendors have largely ignored distributed systems to this date. As organizations shift their focus, people are discovering that there really are Y2K issues in this newer environment. Mr. Stevens will present some of the lessons learned "from the front lines" of the distributed environment and alternatives that are available to business and systems managers.
Mr. Leon Stevens is the President & CEO of Millennium Technologies Group, Inc. He has been involved in the solution of Year 2000 problem in both open and legacy systems for the past five years and has over twenty years of software engineering experience in application and systems software.
Millennium Technologies Group, Inc. was established in 1995 to provide conversion services and software tools to address the Year 2000 problem. The company has a history of providing the highest quality Year 2000 Tool Based Solutions to Fortune 1000 companies. They are a reliable and cost effective business partner that has been consistently successful in providing solutions to this unique and extremely difficult problem.
Their primary targets for Year 2000 compliance are systems written in C and C++, (and their associated scripts, databases and languages such as SQL, Shell, VB, VC++, SQR, etc.). They also process code written in most languages (including PL/1, COBOL, HPS, Model 204, Pascal, etc.).
Millennium offers the following main levels of conversion services:
The key issue is finding the date related logic errors, not simply identifying all the date sensitive variables in a system. In a windowing approach to Y2K, most lines of code referencing dates are harmless, and producing a list of tens of thousands occurrences is of itself little use. Their tools and our process are designed not only to identify date occurrences but are designed to apply our years of Y2K experience in categorizing and then identifying the much fewer lines of code that will cause the problems. Millennium will make adjustments to the tools for characteristics that are specific to the customer's code base. This process is refined and repeated until no more errors are found. Specific line-by-line correction alternatives are developed and recommendations for correction are made in a format from which either we or you can make the corrections. Upon your approval of the changes proposed in the Identification Phase, Millennium will correct the code as specified and deliver the completed systems.
PC Expo is being held this year at the
Javits Center in NYC on June 16th-18th.
Unigroup has acquired complimentary PC Expo passes and we will be giving them out at this meeting!
Refreshments will be served.
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