ISVs are putting enterprises’ Year 2000 (Y2K) initiatives at risk by failing to provide them with up to date information about the compliance status of their packages, Action 2000 has warned.
The government backed watchdog claims to have identified 24 products in its Software Status database, including Word 97, Filemaker Pro 4, Excel 95 and Outlook 98, that have changed compliance status over recent months.
And UK companies interviewed for Action 2000's State of the Nation report also complained that this situation had delayed their Millennium compliance efforts significantly.
Some 43 per cent of organisations with more than 250 staff attested that software manufacturers had downgraded the compliance status of some of their products, which had caused them problems.
As a result, Don Cruickshank, Action 2000’s chairman, encouraged businesses to double check the compliance status of the packaged software they used.
"I am concerned that businesses have been lulled into a false sense of security and that they are not being sufficiently prompted by manufacturers to recheck their software packages to ensure they have not regressed to a non compliant status," he said.
"Even if you've checked before, I urge businesses using these software packages to consult Action 2000's Software Status Database," he added.
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