Government to save SMEs from bug?

Government to save SMEs from bug?

With only 325 days to 01/01/00, the Federal Government has established yet another Y2K online directory, this time involving the Institute of Engineers and the Commonwealth Bank in the process.

The objective of the directory is to provide organisations seeking help with Y2K issues a database of engineers who can diagnose and solve Y2K problems afflicting businesses.

The Government developed this program due to continuing concerns that 43 per cent of Australian small and medium businesses are only now becoming aware of the "complexity of the Y2K problem", claims Senator Campbell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology and the Arts.

According to Campbell, this initiative aims only to provide the beginning of a strategy for SMEs. "This directory provides an easy and accessible starting point taking some of the mystery out of the problem, especially for small-to-medium sized businesses who don't have the in-house resources to deal with Y2K," explains Campbell.

The directory covers areas such as assessing risk and impact, designing data management and conversion procedures, identifying two-digit data references, implementing configuration management and change control, converting date references and verifying and validating systems.

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