Tuesday, 12 January 2010

The problem with Y2K success

Ten years ago, IT departments and companies worked around the clock upgrading hardware and software to avoid the Y2K bug. I wasn't there, so I don't have first-hand knowledge of the work that went on, but I do know this: afterwards, when nothing happened, a lot of blame and finger-pointing went on. People were asked why the hell we spent so much money on such a fizzer. The problem is that, in this case, success looks like a total non-event, so it's hard to prove you saved the day.

Mokalus of Borg

PS - The threat was probably overstated in most cases.
PPS - But that doesn't mean 100% of the money spent was wasted.


littlemissrandom said...

People told me it was because of all the work that had been done that nothing happened.

But that might have been a whole heap of nerd guys trying to justify their superiority over the past 12 months.

John said...

Yeah, but if it was such a massive world-crunching disaster waiting to happen, something should have slipped through the cracks somewhere. The few issues that were reported were pretty minor.