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.

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1 Internal Auditors came from Abbey National, AT&T, Bank of England, Barclays Bank, Bradford & Bingley Building Society, Britannia Building Society, British Airways, Data Technologies UK Ltd, Dunfermline Building Society, First National Bank, Foreign and Colonial, Guardian Insurance, ICI Group Internal Audit, NatWest Group Audit, Old Mutual, Prudential Assurance, Rover Group, Royal & Sun Alliance, SBC Warburg, Scottish Provident, Scottish Widows, Skipton Building Society, State Street Bank, Vodophone Ltd and others.
2 Delegates came from Abbey National plc, Advance Software PVT Ltd, AIB Bank, Asian Business Association, Bridgeway-Sicor Ltd., British Bankers' Association, British Computer Society, British Telecom Business Link, High Peak Business Link, London East Business Link, Northamptonshire Business Link, Sandwell Business Link, Sandwell Business Link, Sheffield Business Link, Shropshire Business Link, Solihull Business Link, Staffordshire Business Link, Walsall c/o Earth 2000, Cap Gemini UK plc, Caradon Trend Ltd, CBI, CDT Enterprise Ltd, Centre for Organisational Analysis, Clarks International, COBEA AB, CompInfo Centre, Computing Magazine, CORDIS Internet Ltd, Corporation 2000, CSSA, Cybermetrix Ltd, Data Dimensions (UK) Ltd, Daybreak 2000 Ltd, Department of Culture Media & Sport, Documation AB, DTI, Endacott RJB, Federation of the Electronics Industry, FSB, Greenwich Mean Time Ltd., Harrods Ltd, Hays Distributions, Health & Safety Executive, Herbaro Capital Ltd, ICL, ICL Consultancy, Institute of Directors, Intem Ltd, ITITO, KPMG Impact, Labyrinth Productions, Learning Development Aids, Lloyd's, Management Audit, Matalan Ltd, Microsoft, Millennia III, Millennium Project Management, MOD DGICS, Dr Ashok Kumar MP, Middlesbrough & South Cleveland, NatWest UK, NCC, Novell, NSTL, OLSYS UK, Osys Technology Ltd, Parity Solutions Limited, Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology, Pragma Solutions Ltd, Professional Broking Magazine, Prudential Assurance, Quadrilect Ltd, Rover Group, Sales Office Automation Services, SCA Ltd, SEBS Ltd, Secure Computer Systems Ltd, Securicor Security Services, Selection Services, Sitel Corporation, Sitel Stratford Ltd, Skandia SIT, Solace Consultancy Services, St Ivel Ltd, Tarlo Lyons - Solicitors, Taskforce 2000, Taylor Made Services, Tetra Pak MPS Ltd, The Miller Group, The Trust Group, UK Year 2000 Interest Group, Unigraph Ltd, Vodafone, Year 2000 Consultants Ltd, Zipcombe Ltd and others.
3 The Year 2000 Testing CD customer list includes A T & T, A T & T UK, Abbey National plc, Advanced Technology Systems Corporation, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, AIB Bank Centre, Akzo Nobel Information Services BV, Alberta Education Information Services, Alydaar International plc, American Express Technologies, Amsterdam Exchange, Ansell GmbH, Arkansas Dept of Information Sciences, Associated Grocer of Maine, Avenir AS, Bank of Montreal, Beko Ing P Kotauczek GmbH, Bell Sygma Solutions Telecom, Bellcore Corporation, Berwin Leighton, Birmingham Midshires Building Society, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Borealis Polymers Oy, BP Australia Ltd, Bradford & Bingley Building Society, Britannia Building Society, British Antarctic Survey, British Telecom Labs, Bundesamt fur Informatik, Business Link Sussex Ltd, BZW Services Inc, CACI Inc - Federal, Cap Gemini, Central Beheer Holding NH, Centre for Healthcare Emerging Technologies, Ernst & Young LLP, CGI Group, Chevron Information Technology Co, Cie IBM France, CITGO Petroleum Corporation, City Computers Co., City of Wichita (Kansas), Clarks International, CMG UK Ltd, Coles Myer Ltd, Communications & The Arts, Computer Weekly, Corporation 2000, Crone & Koch A/S, Cyrano Uk Ltd, D L G Inc, Daiwa Institute of Research, Dawson UK Ltd, DB Solutions (Pty) Ltd, Deminex GmbH, Denton Hall, Department of Natural Resources, Information Technology Services, DMR, DMR Consulting Group, Dorset County Council, DST Systems Inc, EC Soft Norge As, Emirates Telecommunications Corporation - ETISALAT, Enginemens Assurance Society, Environment Canada, Essex County Council, ETH Zentrum, Execom Consulting, Expert Computer Solutions (NZ) Ltd, Federal Reserve Automation Services, Firmenich SA, Foreign & Colonial Management Ltd, Fujitsu ICL Computers Ltd, Geco-Prakla, GIGA Information Group, Glaxo Wellcome Inc, Groupe Informission Inc, Guardian Royal Insurance, Halifax plc, Halifax Regional Municipality, Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance, Highlander Software Ltd, Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Data Systems Australia Pty Ltd, IBM (NZ) Ltd, IBM (UK) Ltd, IBM (USA), ICL UK Ltd, Imperial College, Imperial Oil, ING Barings Treasury, ING Netherlands, Ingersoll-Rand Company, Interim, Internal Revenue Service, International Development Research Office, Israel Electric Company, J Sainsbury plc, J. M. Huber, Jeeves Consulting NV, KOOI BV, KPMG, KSI Automation Sa/Nv, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co, Lincoln Insurance Services Ltd, Lipner, Gordon & Co., LLP, Logica UK Ltd, Logistic Solutions, Lombard North Central plc, Lombard Tricity Finance, London Electricity plc, Lozier Corporation, Mafatlal Consultancy Services (I) Ltd, Millennia III, Ministry of Defence DGICS, Nationwide Building Society, NatWest Bank plc, Natwest Life and Investments, Nestle UK Ltd, Nike Inc, Noryanismayus Enterprises, Singapore OLSY UK Ltd, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oriel Insurance Services Ltd, Parity Solutions Ltd, Pasminco Information Service, Patni Computer Systems UK Ltd, Pearl Assurance plc, Peter Haas Consulting, Pfizer Hospital Products, Piercom Ltd, Polkomtel SA, Port of Portland, Power Capacitors Ltd, Powergen plc, PPG Industries Inc, Price Waterhouse, Priestly Consultancy Services Ltd, Prolific Unit Trust Managers, Prudential Assurance, Queensland Investment Corporation, Queensland Police Service, R S Components UK, Rand Information Systems Ltd, Reserve Bank of Australia, Resource Management Systems Ltd, RMPO (Rail Millennium Programme Office), Rogers Shared Services, Rover Group Ltd, Safenet Consulting, SAIC, Sanitarium Health Food Co, Santos Ltd, SCA Hygiene Products Ltd, Schlumberger Ltd, Scorex (UK) Ltd, Scottish Higher Education Funding Council, Scottish Office, Scottish Provident, Scottish Provident International Life Assurance, Scottish Provident, Ireland, SEMA Group, Shell Services Company, Small Business Solutions, Solace Computing Services Ltd, South East Business Systems Ltd, St John Health System, Starfire Consulting Inc, State of Arkansas Department of Computer Services, State Street Bank, Stroede Data AB, Swiss Control, Syntel Inc, Systems Modelling Ltd, Telecom New Zealand Ltd, TELUS Communications Inc, The CompInfo Center, The Conde Nast Publications Ltd, The Cooperative, Insurance & Financial Services, The Maersk Company, The New York Times, The RighTime Clock Company Inc, The Seattle Times, Thomson Financial Services, Tresham Institute for Further and Higher Education, TSC Music Systems Ltd, US Steel, UK Atomic Energy Authority, United Projects Maintenance & Operations Co Ltd, University of Berne, University of Wales Institute, Viasoft UK Ltd, Warranty Holdings Ltd, Watford Electronics, Wells Fargo Bank, West Bromwich Building Society, West Merchant Bank Ltd, Westech Information Systems, Wisconsin Electric power Company, Workers' Compensation Board, Xerox Inc and others.
4 Organisations that helped us include Abbey National, Action 2000, Actoras Consulting Group, ADVice Inc, Artemis Management Systems, Bank of England, Boback Consulting, British Bankers' Association, Business Planning and Development, Cabinet Office, CARA Corporation, Communicating Solutions Ltd, CompInfo, Computer Sciences Corporation, Coopers & Lybrand, Cosgrove, Computing Services & Software Association (CSSA), DBA Software, Department for Trade and Industry (DTI), Department for Education and Employment (DfEE), Eisenberg & Kiley, P.C., DavisLogic, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP, Don Estes and Associates, Essex Court Chambers, FI Group, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federation of the Electronic Industry, Ginsburg, Stephan, Oringher & Richman, Greenwich Mean Time Ltd, House of Commons Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs, HSBC, ICL Financial Services, ICL Year 2000 Programme, ING, LeBouef Computing Technologies, Minnesota Division of Emergency Management, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Myrick Consulting Services, Next Millennium Consulting, Inc, NHS Executive Year 2000 Programme, OECD, Office of Information Technology - Government of New South Wales, Old Mutual, Ontario Ministry of Health, OranaSoft, Management Audit Ltd, Origin UK, Princeton Softech, Risk Services & Technology, SBC Warburg, Seek Ltd, Society for Information Management (SIM), Softlab Ltd, Software Productivity Consortium, NFP, Inc, Software Productivity Research, Tarlo Lyons Law Firm, Taskforce 2000, The Dutch Society of Loss Control Consultants, The MITRE Corporation, Thelen, Reid and Priest, UK Y2K Interest Group, U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, University of North Texas, Weikers and Co., West Group, Williams, Mullen, Christian & Dobbins, Withers, Year 2000 Project Office Montgomery County and others.