The millennium Bug is real. Fewer than 500 days from now, the millennium will arrive, and some bad things will happen. Plants may shut.
The way to kill the bug is to let in the light and share solutions.
Most people are not excited about this problem. Aren't we always buying new computers and getting software updates? Won't the IT department take care of this?
In fact, companies that have spent a lot to solve the problem are amazed at how big it is.
When the computer gives the date as 00, what will happen? Chrysler tried to find out. At its Sterling Heights assembly plant in Michigan, it fixed everything it could think of. Then it turned the clocks ahead and pretended to be New Year's Eve, 1999.
At midnight, the security system and payroll system failed. Shutdown is serious. In June, a software bug caused a 10-day shutdown at Kiekert AG. When Ford couldn't get its door locks, it lost 10,000 units.
In the USA, automakers have led the industrial effort to prepare for 2000. European automakers are trying to ride on their coattails. Trade organizations are trying to spread solutions to their members. But problems need personal solutions.
If the president of every company in the supply chain calls his biggest customers and explains his 2000 situation, a wave of information will wash up to the top of the industry. We'll know how bad it is and how much needs to be done.
If companies hide their problems, the disasters will be expensive and widespread.