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 March 26, 1999 Volume 6, Number 13

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Year 2000

University asks province for additional $7 million for Y2K-related problems

The University has sent a special request to the Department of Post-Secondary Education and Skills Training requesting almost $7 million with which to address problems created by the Y2000 problem.

In the letter, Vice-presidents Tony Whitworth and Michael Atkinson anticipate that the government will want to address the Y2K problem "on a province-wide basis" as part of the government's expressed intention to ensure "...that health care facilities across the province are Y2K ready."

Whitworth and Atkinson present a six-part breakdown of needs in which the PeopleSoft Human Resources Management System (HRMS) [About-US] is a $4,300,000 item [see separate story].

In their March 2/99 letter, Whitworth and Atkinson note that the University has already allocated a total of $2.2 million for the Y2K problem through the so-called revitalization fund (1998) and a reallocation of funds within the operating budget.

The other Y2K-related problem areas cited in the Whitworth-Atkinson letter include:

  • Y2K Task Force [mandated to develop an inventory of Y2000 problems on campus] ($260,000) [see Oct. 2/98 OCN]

  • Student Information System [pertaining to 11 systems (four of which are telephone-based) affecting such functions as registration, marks, fees, transcripts, etc.] ($444,000)

  • Financial Resources System ($200,000)

  • Library ($29,500)

  • Contingency (all applications) ($300,000)

  • Building monitoring and control systems [applies to all chip-embedded equipment maintained by Facilities Management] ($500,000)

  • Facilities Management Information System ($600,000)

  • Health, Safety and Security System ($50,000)

  • Desk tops

      - minor upgrade of most units ($42,000)

      - allowance for software fixes ($70,000)

      - replacement of about 700 older units ($1,400,000)

  • Research equipment [applying to such equipment as phytotron, mass spectrometer, etc.] ($1,000,000)



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