Organisations should not confuse the millennium and European Monetary Union compliancy challenges, warns management consultants.
Jacky Oliver, director for Transmillennium services at Cap Gemini Sogeti, said the two issues are ?chalk and cheese? and warned that the overall cost of merging both projects could be significantly higher than expected.
Speaking at the Year 2000 Taskforce conference last week Oliver said: ?Organisations that intend to merge the two IT projects in the hope of saving time and money will be sorely disappointed. Year 2000 is primarily an IT issue which requires business support and commitment. By contrast EMU is primarily a high complex business issue which involves important strategic changes to products and services and even possibly to the nature and structure of the business itself.?
Gary Miles, a partner at PA Consulting agreed: ?There?s no way that companies should confuse the two. One is a moveable date and the other is not. Do Year 2000 first. The rest can come later.?
There is evidence that companies are attracted to merging the two projects. A recent Year 2000 survey by Spikes Cavell found one organisation in the middle of a project called Euro2000.
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