Re: questioning Y2K

Dan Clemmensen (
Mon, 26 Oct 1998 21:41:09 -0500

Julien, Howard (c) wrote:
> One thing I've noticed, even in the better Y2K efforts I've been involved in
> is that very little is being done to address dependencies _outside_ a given
> organization.
> The push is to get internal systems Y2K compliant but little is done about
> outside data feeds _or_ the possibility that vendors may suffer massive
> collapses themselves.
> My impression is that this is even worse outside the US.

My company routinely gets letters from customers asking for our compliance statement, and we have sent letters to our vendors. I therefore assumed that this has become a standard practice.

Congress recently passed new legislation which makes it harder to sue a company based on that company's good-faith effort to provide such info. Many companies had already put a bunch of stuff one their web sites about their products' compliance, and I expect to see more. There is good deal less about a company's ability to continue to operate, though. that is, I can tell that the equipment suppied by a vendor will continue to operate, but I can't tell whether the vendor will continue to be able to deliver product.