NZ business Y2K compliance surveyed in new NBR database

Local business will be able to declare their own Y2K compliance - and check out everybody else's - in a new Y2K compliance database launched today by the National Business Review. NBR and the Simpl Group have set up the database because, says NBR's Graeme Colman, 'we saw the need to provide one independent, central location where organisations can list or update their Y2K compliance, and check the compliancy of all the other companies they work with.'

Local business will be able to declare their own Y2K compliance – and check out everybody else's – in a new Y2K compliance database launched today by the National Business review.

NBR and IT services company the Simpl Group have set up the database on the NBR Network Web site because, says NBR network manager Graeme Colman, "we saw the need to provide one independent, central location where organisations can list or update their Y2K compliance, and check the compliancy of all the other companies they work with."

The Simpl Group developed the compliance database concept and is sponsoring and supporting the initiative.

Simpl's Y2K consulting director Graeme Emerson says in its Y2K project management and consulting work his company has been "seeing the time involved for clients in ascertaining the compliancy of their various suppliers and other service providers they are reliant on.

"In a large company it means they may have to contact several hundred organisations. Multiply this out and you have a massive amount of time and resource in many cases replicating information to other suppliers."

The two company say the NBR Y2K compliance database covers "all major industry sectors" and offers five options of listed compliance status, which can be updated via the Web site as participating companies move through a compliance programme.

Viewing and registration is free at www.nbr.co.nz. Compliance information will be published electronically, through the Simpl Technology section of the NBR site, and in weekly updates through the Y2K Status Report in the National Business Review.

NBR and Simpl have gathered endorsements from Y2K minister Maurice Williamson and Y2K Readiness Commission chair Basil Logan.

Williamson says "the importance of organisations being able to share information cannot be over estimated and this database is another avenue through which this can occur," and Logan that "the need to co-operate can't be stressed enough."

Companies nationwide have been invited to list on the database in an email being sent to more than 10,000 NBR Network executive customers in April.

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