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 April 23, 1999 Volume 6, Number 15

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Year 2000

YEAR 2000

Y2K Project deemed 55% complete


The collaborative efforts of the institutional community have resulted in 55% completion of the Y2K Project.

The Task Force, along with hundreds of unit representatives, have made steady progress in each area of activity (see chart).

Further information about the project deliverables is provided below.

Although the focus has shifted to the contingency planning process, Bob Eaton, project manager, says the Task Force teams continue to work towards completion of their respective deliverables.

The Current Status section of the Y2K web site (www.usask.ca/y2k/) reports this progress through a series of charts and tables.

For further information, call Bob Eaton at 966-4854 or e-mail Y2000@usask.ca


List of Non-Compliant Items

Data collection by the Task Force teams is close to completion. To date, 96% of Equipment/Processes data, 91% of Desktop Computers/Servers data, 95% of Major Computer Systems/Interfaces data, and 70% of Health/Safety/Security data has been submitted. Data collection for the remaining areas, namely External Suppliers and Facilities and Utilities, is not scheduled for completion until summer. Additional critical items may emerge once contingency planning benchmarks have been established.


Impact Assessment

The impact of potential failures is being determined in conjunction with data collection and inventory. As such, impact assessment of Equipment/Processes, Desktop Computers/Servers, and Major Computer Systems/Interfaces is near completion. Assessment of items relating to Facilities and Utilities, as well as Health/Safety/Security, will continue throughout the summer.


Plans and Costs for Remediation

The Task Force has requested realistic plans and estimated costs from institutional units for remediation of critical items. As of mid April, 42% of units with critical Equipment/Processes and 71% of units with critical Desktop Computers/Servers have articulated appropriate strategies. As for Major Computer Systems/Interfaces and Facilities and Utilities, all required information has been provided.


Contingency Planning

The contingency planning sub-project was launched in March, and is scheduled for completion this fall. The Project Team will coordinate the development and submissions of business continuity plans at both the institutional and unit level. Its members will work with the contingency planning committee, comprised of representatives from campus units (including Facilities Management, Security Services, and Health, Safety, and Environment), as well as representatives from the academic and research communities. Extensive unit support and project communication will be provided for the duration of this key sub-project.


Business Partner Relationships

The development of a list of business partners and their respective relationships with the University will continue throughout 1999. The first draft of the finalized list has been completed by the corporate administration representatives on the Task Force.


Oversight of Remediation Application

To date, Eaton assumes a quarter of all remediation efforts will be required for Major Computer Systems and External Interfaces, including financial, student, and library information systems. Using that assumption, he estimates 20% of remedies have been applied to critical items. Critical items that are fixed prior to Year 2000 will not require contingency plans, unless unit operation could be impaired by external circumstances. Further information will be provided by the Project Team.

- Corinne Szwydky



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