The Y2Ki Experience
Lessons from the Y2Ki Experience, by Doug Morrison
I formed Y2Ki in 1997 to help tackle the Year 2000 Computing Problem. There are some useful lessons to be learnt from the Y2Ki experience, so let me put down a few facts:
With just three full-time workers (my brother Norman Morrison, my wife Medha Morrison and myself), we:
- Organised a specialist Year 2000 conference for auditors which attracted delegates from many of the most important financial institutions in the UK and several from abroad1.
- Organised a more general Year 2000 conference which attracted delegates from a wide range of organisations 2.
- Organised and took part in many other Year 2000 meetings.
- Played a key role in instigating a Year 2000 conference with Tony Blair, UK Prime Minster, as the keynote speaker.
- Compiled a Year 2000 Testing CD which was sold to organisations all over the world3. This was followed by a range of further year 2000 CDs, also sold around the world.
These results were only achieved by seeking out people and organisations that also wanted to make a difference. I think the list of organisations that helped us is pretty impressive4.
So, what lessons can we draw from this? Some that spring to mind are:
- It is surprising what a small number of people can accomplish.
- The power of the Internet enables co-operation on a global scale.
- The key to success is collaboration with other organisations and individuals that want to make a difference.
I expect these lessons to apply to Mardi in its mission to make the world a better place.