Only 12 per cent of German companies are confident that their applications will manage the date change without a major disaster and less than half have started to convert their systems. But this is better than the UK, claims a survey by the UK-based Butler Group.
According to the research, commissioned by Cincom Systems, the UK lags badly and demand for conversion assistance is so great that many consultancy companies will no longer accept these projects.
Gavin Bradbury, UK marketing manager for Cincom, said: ?Many companies are frightened by the sheer size of the project and unable to make a decision about what should be done... unless they take action now, many will not be ready for the Year 2000.?
He continued: ?The problem is compounded by the fact that many systems will fail before December 1999. We strongly recommend that users have impact analysis done now to understand the impact on business. The project may take longer that they think.?
The problem is not the conversion process itself, but the careful planning required for testing. ?Testing the systems can easily take over 50 per cent of project time, and both configuration and change management can be very complex,? Bradbury commented.
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