Major problems could arise in your firm if you don't prepare your computer hardware and software for the year 2000. Some systems and programs may result earlier than January 1, 2000. They could be affecting your business right now. In the 1960s and 1970s, when business computer technology started taking off, programmers often used only the last two digits of a year in software code. So, a program designed with two-digit years will assume that 1-1-2000 means 1-1-1900. This creates a big problem for date-dependent accounting, project management, estimating and scheduling software. Small construction firms that think the problem can't affect them are especially vulnerable to chaos. The two-digit software coding is present even in some software designed in the 1990s, and systems can be contaminated when files are added that are not 2000-compliant. Even if your computers are set for 2000, those you depend on, such as block or brick manufacturers, may not have solved their own problems.How to debug your computers
- Take an inventory of all your software.
- If you need to implement new software, start shopping now.
- Find out if your bonding company, lenders, subcontractors, suppliers and others with whom you do business are prepared for the year 2000.
- Check your hardware.
This article includes Web sites that will help you prepare for the year 2000 as well as other precautions to take right away.