If organisations are to have any hope of fixing their Year 2000 problems, IT managers must not allow line of business managers to sneak other development work into Millenium projects to bypass budget constraints.
Although this is happening far too often, those IT professionals that do not prioritise and eliminate non-essential tasks from Millenium projects will fail to tackle the issue, according to consultants, the Meta Group.
Clive Longbottom, senior analyst at Meta, said: "Users need to look at and prioritise the issues. If the hardware needs looking at, go to the hardware supplier. If it?s software, users need to assess what the risk to the business is. Go to the line of business (LOB) and ask them what will impact the top and bottom line if it?s not fixed. IT has to get the LOB to understand the problem because if it doesn?t and it?s not prepared to put the money in, then it?s dead "
He also advised those users that are trying to avoid the Year 2000 issue by replacing their legacy systems with new technology, to adopt a more targeted approach.
Instead of trying to re-engineer the entire business and go for a big bang adoption of a new system, he recommended that they implement only the most critical applications and avoid integration issues and further enhancements until the Millenium project is complete.
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