Organisations in Italy, France and Spain are seriously lagging behind their counterparts in the rest of Europe in protecting themselves against the millennium time bomb.
According to Rob Wirszycz, director general of the UK?s Computer Services and Software Association (CSSA), companies in those regions have not even begun addressing the issue, and most organisations in Germany and Austria have only just started to examine their systems. The UK is leading Europe in terms of awareness, partly thanks to the efforts of the government-backed Taskforce 2000.
Wirszycz and the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) - a consortium of 25 IT industry associations around the globe - have written to the trade ministers from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), calling them to address the date change problem. They are urging the 29 member nations of the OECD to adopt a five-point 'Year 2000 Survival Plan' to save companies from collapse in the new millennium.
The points are: to report on progress made in addressing the date change problem; to allocate sufficient financial and human resources to address essential problems; to ensure future procurement of IT systems recognise the requirement to process datas through the year 2000; to raise awareness in the non-government sector of the need to reassess development priorities; and to identify critical systems, and ensure plans are in place to fix them.
The document has also been sent to the UK government, and will be fowarded to delegates at the forthcoming G7 and European Council meetings. Said Wirszycz, ?This is the first coordinated action to raise awareness around the world.?
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