The University of Queensland is set to offer small-to-medium enterprises assistance with their Y2K remediation work, despite a joint venture with the Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI) failing to come to fruition with the State Government refusing to come to the party.
Paul Bailes, department head of computer science and electrical engineering at the University, said the original concept was to involve donating the services of final-year IT students from a number of universities to help solve local SME millennium bug problems with the backing of the QCCI and funding by the State Government.
"Y2K is a problem that has to be solved and there are a number of precedents where the State Government has become involved in what is largely a private enterprise issue," said Bailes. "But the Government has deemed it 'inappropriate' to lend its support."
Bailes claims that while large-enterprise and government sectors have the resources, and are tackling the problem, SMEs aren't in the same position and this program by the University of Queensland is set to address the issue.
The smaller-scale program encompasses 40 per cent of the students' fourth-year Bachelor of Information Technology assessment. This includes the appraisal of Y2K problems and attempts to provide real solutions to SMEs. In turn, the project offers them valuable industry experience.