At 09:49 PM 11/21/97 +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.
>PO Box 1065, Okemos, MI 48854, USA
>517-676-9700  Fax: 517-676-1006  EMAIL:

BPCS  like any other  application will take the  hits on all date related
activities, perhaps  even pass bad data to the clients routines. {I  did
not hear any mention of external interfaces  or  ad hoc activities, which
are also  key to solution selection }

My  thoughts are they are looking not to  use the BPCS 6.x version upgrade
that is Y2K compliant.

What  I  would suggest is since  they are satisfied[ implied] with the
current BPCS the they should get a package  and remediate both BPCS and
their code to handle Y2K  as partners and with the proper level operating

>From a testing  view - 
don't  discard that separate system concept - it is the best one out there

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
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