Year 2000 Problem: Strategies and Solutions from the Fortune 100 (Software Engineering Series)

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9781850329138: Year 2000 Problem: Strategies and Solutions from the Fortune 100 (Software Engineering Series)

If you want to find out how Fortune 100 companies are solving the Year 2000 problem and apply their methods in your own enterprise, business or organization, a new book from International Thomson Computer Press is what you need. Year 2000 Problem: Strategies and Solutions from the Fortune 100, by Leon Kappelman and members of the Society for Information Management (SIM) Year 2000 Working Group, has been called "a gold mine of solid, practical strategies for solving your specific year 2000 problem" by Bob Thomas, publisher of the Year/2000 Journal.

A consortium of 52 authors with 10 editorial assistants have contributed to the development of the book, directing all royalties toward non-profit use. Among the Year 2000 strategies described in detail are tactics instituted at the Chubb Group, Chase Manhattan Bank, Union Pacific, and IBM. These case studies clarify problems of estimation, cost, scheduling, testing, risk management, and liability, among other critical elements of the process.

With its eminently practical approach, Year 2000 Problem: Strategies and Solutions from the Fortune 100 is the most informed, focused, and ready-to-use guide yet to appear on the problem. An accompanying CD-ROM includes a vendor risk assessment strategy, a business risk assessment database, a project management database tool, PC test software, and a file conversion utility.

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Despite its title, Year 2000 Problem: Strategies and Solutions from the Fortune 100 is not a collection of corporate case studies. Rather, it is a varied collection of essays, from over 30 contributors, focusing on a wide range of year 2000 issues.

Most of the material is intended for non-technical readers. The book's topics include project management, cost estimation, raising the awareness of year 2000 issues within a corporation, and even the legal ramifications of year 2000 bugs. While a minority of these essays sound a predictable drumbeat of doom, most cover interesting and even offbeat topics--everything from why silver bullets won't work to the issues of employee compensation and retention in a market full of lucrative consulting opportunities.

Some contributions will be of interest to technical managers. Examples include a discussion of programming alternatives to full date-field expansion, a look at the particular problems of database environments, an essay on testing issues, and an essay on the risk that year 2000-compliant systems may become contaminated by non-compliant external data.

The essay format means that you'll have to wade through some information more than once. The advantage is that you'll get a far more multifaceted look at the issues and better drill-down on specific problems than any single author could have provided. People involved in serious year 2000 projects will probably want to get as many perspectives as they can. Although some parts of this book are on the lightweight side, Year 2000 Problem: Strategies and Solutions from the Fortune 100 contains more than enough in-depth information to make it worth your time.

About the Author:

The author, Leon A. Kappelman, Ph.D., of SIM and the University of North Texas, is widely regarded as a top expert on the Year 2000 problem. He is joined here by SIM colleagues from such major business and governmental entities as IBM, L.L. Bean, ComputerWorld, GIGA Group, Hubbell, Milliken, MCI, Equifax, CIGNA, Wells Fargo, Kraft Foods, the State of Texas, and the State of Washington, as well as Year 2000 consultants to Fortune 100 companies and government agencies.

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