• Subject: Re: BPCS Y2K
  • From: Glenn Ericson <Glenn-Ericson@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 09:23:30 -0500

Time Machine testing is  good - as long as licenses  et al are in order.

Someone  sent out a bulk fax over the week end  on a "new"  offering that
does time warpping on a production machine [ like a Mainframe LPAR] The
claim is a date simulation  & Testing Utility that features the ability to
test on production systems dates/times out of the past the year 2000
without impactng production  systems.... All for a few  hundred dollars.
No  further information is  known  other than the PRESS RELEASE faxed.
Happy Holiday Season

Glenn Ericson,          Phoenix Consulting                      
P O Box 701164   East Elmhurst NY 11370-3164 USA                            
Ph. 718 898 9805         Fx. 718 446 1150
AS/400 & Year 2000- - Solutions Specialists
  1997copyright,  all rights reserved

At 03:01 AM 11/24/97 +0000, you wrote:
>>I was asked by a seminar attendee about a potential Y2K approach for which I
>>would appreciate some feedback.  The customer is currently running BPCS
>>version 4.4 which is not Y2K enabled.  The have written their own software
>>which maniupulates data extraced from BPCS.  They want to leave BPCS as is
>>and address any Y2K problems in their own add on software.  They do no
>>forecasting in BPCS.  They don't care about sort order of dates on reports.
>>They will plug in due dates for invoices.  They never select data across
>>multiple years.
>>To test this methodology, they plan to rent or purchase a new machine to
>>which they will load a copy of their software.  They will go through a 1999
>>year end close, process transactions in for several months in 2000 doing a
>>month end close for each month, wrapping up with a year end close for 2000.
>>For those of you who know BPCS, is this approach even possible?  Again, the
>>customer understands they will have to modify programs which they have
>>written themselves to perform such date dependent functions as forecasting.
>>The question is what will fail in BPCS, as opposed to not sort properly?
>>Charlie Massoglia, Massoglia Technical Consulting, Inc.
>Biggest problem I can see is that if it -doesn't- work, and if their test
>takes too long, they won't have enough time to finish an alternative
>--Paul E Musselman

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