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Memorandum On The Implimentation Of New Y2K Compliant Software

Topic: programming

Memorandum on the implimentation of new Y2K compliant software system

TO: all employees

MEMO RE: Millennia Year Application Software System


This memo is to announce the development and full-phase implementation of a new firm-wide software system. We are currently building a data center that will house all firm data that is Post-Year 2000 compliant. The program is referred to as the "Millennia Year Application Software System" or simply "MYASS". I am very excited about this latest enhancement to our current system and am sure that soon everyone will be as excited about MYASS.

Next Monday at 9:00 am I'd like all staff in the department to attend an important meeting in which I will show MYASS to everyone. I will also be holding demonstrations throughout the month so that all employees will have an opportunity to get a good look at MYASS and see first hand its amazing capacity. As for the status of the implementation of the program, I have not addressed the networking aspects so currently only one person can use MYASS at one time due to the single available data input terminal. This restriction will be removed after MYASS expands. Several people are using the program already and have come to depend on it. Just this morning I walked into my assistant's office and was not surprised to find that he had his nose buried deep in MYASS.

I have, however, noticed that some of the less technical personnel are somewhat afraid of MYASS. Just last week, when asked to enter some information into the program, I had my secretary say to me, "I'm a little nervous, since I've never put anything in MYASS before. Will it be compatible with my OLE system?" I volunteered to help her through her first time with the help of my MS installer and when we were through she admitted that it was relatively painless and she was actually looking forward to becoming a regular user. She went so far as to say that after having used SAP and Oracle, she was almost ready to kiss MYASS.

I know there are concerns over the virus that was found in MYASS upon initial installation, but I am pleased to say that the virus has been eliminated and we were able to save MYASS. In the future, however, protection will be required prior to entering MYASS.

I am also aware that highly sensitive information will be logged in so I've made privacy an issue of primary concern. Because of the revolutionary encryption technology and other extraordinary security precautions I would like all staff to rest assured that their use of MYASS will remain highly confidential. All employees are asked to pay extra attention to safeguarding passwords and not to make known their use of MYASS to those not directly concerned. To further minimize unauthorized external leakage I would welcome all staff to bring any security concerns they may have to my attention.

We planned this database to encompass all information associated with the business. So as you begin using the program, feel free to put anything you want into MYASS without fear of possible crashes or down- time. As MYASS grows larger, we envision a time when it will be commonplace to walk by an office and see a manager hand an entire daily log to an employee and say confidently, "Here, stick this in MYASS, it can handle it."

This program has already demonstrated great benefit to the company during recent OSHA and EPA audits. After requesting certain historical data the agency representatives were amazed at how quickly we provided the information. When asked how the numbers could be retrieved so rapidly, our Environmental Assessment Chair Person exclaimed proudly, "Simple, I just pulled them out of MYASS".

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