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The Year 2000 Date Problem - Support Centre

Where to Look for Potential Problems in your Organisation!

Departmental Systems and Embedded Systems


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Most major organisations have IT/IS departments whose have the responsibility for certain defined legacy systems. They do not have control, manage or maintain every system in the organisation. Many of these are developed and maintained by third parties. Some are not maintained at all and are run by users without any support.

Further, in companies and organisations there are probably unknown quantities of computers that have possibly no human interaction - these are the embedded processors, some of the billions of micro-controllers that are sold each year. It is probably unlikely that anyone inside an organisation could say where these processors are, or what they do, or how they are affected by the Year 2000 Date Problem. It is possibly unlikely that the supplier of the product(s) containing the embedded processor(s) would be able to tell you within a reasonable time (24 hours) where these processors are, what they do, or how they are affected by the Year 2000 Date Problem.

That is why the legacy and departmental range of systems might be described as the VISIBLE area - you have a chance to convert code or change systems, if time is on your side. The embedded processor problem is the INVISIBLE area - you may never know the size of the problem until it hits you at the turn of the century (or earlier, if you're very unlucky).

To the above we might add a third range - the process control computers, which are very visible, but management is unwilling to examine or change them because the process may come to a grinding halt. Consider power stations (nuclear and otherwise), bottling plants, oil and gas extraction industries, chemical industries, etc.

For those who have the responsibility of making a systems and software inventory, we have listed here some suggestions as to where both VISIBLE (computer systems) and INVISIBLE (embedded processors) applications might exist inside an organisation. This is a dynamic list and comments and additions are welcome.

Legacy and Departmental Systems

This is a dynamic list and comments and additions are welcome

Embedded Processes and Process Control Systems

This is a dynamic list and comments and additions are welcome

Areas of Governmental worry

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