Mighty telecommunications giant AT&T has embarked on a worldwide Year 2000 project using ex-subsidiary NCR as one of the vendors to clear up any problems.
According to Rudy Alexander, VP of strategic information planning and continuity services at AT&T: ?Our goal is to have all our code assessed and more than 90 per cent repaired and tested by year-end 1998.?
Mike Lordi, an AT&T spokesperson, confirmed today the clean up had started across its global network.
He said: ?Our programme started in October 1996 and we have a very aggressive multi-vendor plan in place to help in areas where they have the expertise.?
Lordi said: ?We?ll use all of 1999 to test the programme.?
He said AT&T?s decision to use NCR had nothing to do with the fact it was a subsidiary. The company bought NCR in 1991 and then spun it off last year in its own right.
?NCR was one of the vendors that had the expertise,? he explained.
Lordi confirmed that the programme was spread across the world and covered not just software but hardware including switches. It also includes the satellite network.
He said: ?Technically, it is not that difficult to fix, this is really a management issue. If you have a network as extensive as AT&T?s and the various databases that support that, it?s just a question of getting the management right.?
AT&T?s stance differs from BT. A spokesperson explained: ?The whole point is the millenium is two and a bit years away. We?ll have everything completed by the end of 1998. That will give us a whole year to sort out the bugs.?
NCR?s share in the deal is on its network and applications systems, using a process certified by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA). The deal is worth several millions of dollars, although a representative declined to be drawn on the exact figure.
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