ProveIt Australia, Sydney partner of a Y2K specialist from the UK, claims that the Australian Government may be neglecting Y2K bugs in its own backyard.
ProveIt alleges that the Civil Aviation Authority originally received only 37 per cent of the sum requested for Y2K compliance and the Australian Taxation Office only 45 per cent. All of the money is instead to be spent on mainframes and none to correct PC problems.
"The millennium issue will affect at least 80 per cent of installed PCs, and many in the market can still be shown to fail any reliable test," said James Corne, ProveIt's managing director, adding that "this may not be a problem for major private sector organisations, but for smaller business or government departments where cash is always a problem, it could prove costly".
ProveIt asserts that many departments are relying on verbal assurances from suppliers rather than documented proof of Y2K compliance. The officials also point out that altering a PC's BIOS clock and/or lack of a central reporting tool are the most common failings of employed solutions.
ProveIt suggests its own auditing software, ProveIt 2000, to remedy the problem, possibly saving billions of taxpayers' dollars as well as preventing small-business bankruptcies.
The Y2K compliance tool is claimed to avoid the pitfalls of some of its unsophisticated relatives. It checks PCs "right down to the real-time clock" and provides "a full record of all systems and software used within the organisation", ProveIt's officials claim.
Appropriate for corporate, government as well as small-business users, ProveIt 2000 comes with an RRP of $129.