The Y2K Problem
How will it affect you?
IBIS Y2K Statement
Y2K in Botswana
Although many people may have heard about the Year 2000 problem, most
people do not fully understand the simple nature of the problem, or the
implications of the problem to their own businesses.
Essentially the Year 2000, or Y2K problem is caused by programs and
computer systems that do not make use of the full year number (eg 1997,
or 2004) in their date calculations. Many simple or old routines
abbreviate the Year number to the last two digits (eg 97, 99, or 04)
the problem here is that it is not possible to differentiate between
the year 1904 and the year 2004.
In many cases programs have been written to appropriately handle the
change of the century, but since in many cases this has not been
completely tested, simple bugs in the program code may cause this part
of the program to fail. The Year 2000 bug in this case is merely
another software bug, of which we encounter many in our day to day use
of computers and software.