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Contingency Planning for Year 2000

Written by  Betsy Sayers

What is the Problem? Basically the problem is very simple to understand. In the 1960s and 1970s when computers were first emerging on the business scene, computer programmers had very limited system memory and capacity available to them. This necessitated using a form of short-hand wherever possible to reduce the size of the computer program being written. One of the most logical and easiest forms of short-hand that everyone was already familiar with was to drop the "19" from "1967" and just enter "67". In these early days, computers were used for information tracking and large calculations. The data would be manipulated in a variety of ways, and then printed out in large reports that would be interpreted by company staff. The thought that the day would come when computers would be intelligent enough to do data analysis was not yet imagined. In addition, the notion that programs built in the 1960's and