Year 2000 Solutions Conference

uspdi at clark.net uspdi at clark.net
Thu Dec 21 15:37:28 EST 1995


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The Year 2000 date problem is coming up fast, and you need a solution.  To
stay ahead of the problem you need to attend the

               10th International Conference on
            Software Maintenance & Software Management

                      YEAR 2000 SOLUTIONS

             Resources & Strategies for Managing the
                Year 2000 Date Conversion Problem

       March 18-21, 1996 * Bethesda, Md. (Washington, D.C.)

                            HIGHLIGHTS

OVER 20 PLENARY AND CONCURRENT SESSIONS:
* Dual tracks: Strategies and Resources
* Birds-of-a-Feather Special Interest Sessions
* Vendor Showcase and Products Exhibition
* Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops

SPONSORED BY:
* Chicago Interface Group, Inc.
*  Cutter Information Corp.
* Data Dimensions, Inc.
* IBS Conversions, Inc.
* Isogon Corporation
* McCabe and Associates
* Quintic Systems, Inc.

IN COOPERATION WITH:
* American Programmer
* IBM
* IT Metrics Strategies
* Tick, Tick, Tick Newsletter
* Year 2000 News 

CONFERENCE CONCEPT AND PROGRAM BY:
Richard Kent Ball, Richard Ball & Associates Inc. 

CONFERENCE MANAGEMENT BY:
U.S. Professional Development Institute

        Visit us on the Web for up-to-date information:
            http://www.clark.net/pub/uspdi/smm.96 

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                      ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

THE YEAR 2000 CHALLENGE

Existing software which represents Year as a two-digit field, probably
will not correctly handle the Year 2000, when 00 becomes greater than 99. 

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MILLENNIUM CRISIS: 

* Universal -- it potentially affects all companies and software
  world-wide
* Inevitable
* Pervasive -- it potentially affects all operating systems and
  all applications, including both in-house and vendor-provided,
  yours and the companies you interface with
* Predictable -- we know exactly when it will occur -- although
  Y2K software meltdowns have and will occur prior to the Year
  2000 in the case of software that projects future dates 
* Unpredictable -- the exact effects of erroneous processing are
  unknown
* Simple -- to define
* Difficult and potentially expensive -- to identify the impacts
  and to fix
* Risky -- if it's not done right

WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE YEAR 2000 CENTURY DATE PROBLEM 

Called a "tempest in a time capsule," by all accounts, converting existing
applications to handle the Year 2000 will require massive effort.

Peter de Jager: Cost estimate $75 billion; average time per program 7 days.
Howard Rubin: Y2K conversion amounts to a "millennium surcharge" on
information systems in companies...  "Time is not on our side." It is the
one IT project where no schedule slippage will be allowed!
Capers Jones, Chairman, SPR: "Companies whose software does not safely
cross the boundary between the years 1999 and 2000 can anticipate the
prospect of several kinds of possible lawsuits."

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

* The scope of the Year 2000 Century Date Conversion Problem
* What has been done to date, what is being done, and what is
  being contemplated 
* Available Internet resources
* How to assess your situation and develop an inventory of
  affected software and files 
* What vendor products and services there are to help you succeed
  in Y2K Conversion
* 10 technical solutions to the Year 2000 problem 
* Outsourcing as a staffing option
* High-level and low-level strategies for managing Y2K risk 
* The metrics that should drive management and execution of Y2K
  efforts 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

* CIOs and Executives who need to understand what is at
  stake, what it may cost, and why high-level commitment is a
  "must" 
* Year 2000 Project managers and staff
* Software maintenance personnel who are potentially affected and
  are part of the solution
* Software testing and QA personnel who are also part of the
  solution -- one estimate suggests more than half the hands-on
  effort will be in testing the changes
* Those who understand the seriousness of the problem and have
  begun or are contemplating action to correct the problem 
* Those who are gearing up to handle the problem, for whom this
  conference is a "wake-up call"

CONFERENCE VOLUME AND VALUE-ADDED MATERIALS 

* Presentation and reference materials which are provided to each
participant of the conference. The volume can be used both as a learning
guide to the presentations, and as a practical on-the-job reference after
the conference. Workshop participants will receive a workshop notebook
covering the topics discussed. 
* Reprints of relevant materials from American Programmer, IBM and IT
Metrics Strategies.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE
   Dr. Robert S. Arnold, Software Evolution Technology, Inc.
   Dr. Ned Chapin, InfoSci Inc.
   Nicholas Zvegintzov, Software Management Network Inc.

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Conference Management by: U.S. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
                         (USPDI)

This conference is prepared and administered by USPDI, an 
organization that develops programs with applications to
problem solving.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Regular Mail: USPDI, 1738 Elton Road, Suite 304; Silver Spring, MD
              20903-1725 (USA)
Phone:        301/445-4400
Fax:          301/445-5722 
E-mail:       uspdi at clark.net (Subject: Y2K Solutions)
Web:          http://www.clark.net/pub/uspdi

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