BlackHawk Information Services, Inc.



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PO BOX 1897
Danville, CA 94526

E-Mail: y2k@blackhawkis.com
Phone: Thom Downey, 510-244-6701
Fax: 510-830-4252

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Who We Are
The Problem
The Solution


BlackHawk 2000
What We Can Do
How to Contact Us


Who We Are

BlackHawk Information Services, Inc. provides software development and project management services to Information Technology organizations, to support their in-house and outsourced development/maintenance efforts. These services are available to IBM and Tandem based computing environments.

BlackHawk is an experienced Y2K service provider, and is currently working as a Y2K service provider for various Fortune 500 companies. BlackHawk is among the leaders of the industry in addressing the challenges that the Year 2000 poses for business and government. This leadership is due to the expertise of BlackHawk professionals who have successfully confronted the challenges of Year 2000 Projects first hand. This "hands on" involvement has enabled the development of BlackHawk's strategies and methodology for dealing with the uniqueness of a Y2K Project.

BlackHawk has used their experience in confronting the challenges of a Y2K project, and blended it with the seasoned experience of BlackHawk Information Technology experts to create BlackHawk 2000 - a comprehensive solution for resolving the business/system problems companies face with the Year 2000.


The problem

For reasons that seem terribly short sighted now, to save storage space or save key strokes, most IS groups have allocated 2 digits to store year. For example, 1996 is stored as "96" and 2000 will be stored as "00". It made sense then, 10 to 30 years ago, when storage space was very expensive. Also who would have thought that the software created in the 70's or 80's would still be used in the year 2000.

When the year 2000 comes, and it surely will right after 11:59:59 pm on 12-31-99, all these programs will stop working, and IS will have the biggest mess they have ever seen. Date is an integral part of any system and is used in almost every program. Dates are used in sorting records in date order, comparing dates to determine chronological order, calculations to find number of days between two dates, etc. These logics will not work, or will not work properly, when used with 2 digit representation of year 2000. For example, year 2000 represented as "00" will be interpreted as being earlier than 1996.

There are less than 4 years left until year 2000. However, most companies do not have 4 years to fix the problem. If a company has a 12 month event/planning horizon, they will experience the problem by the end of 1998. If a 24 month horizon exists, the problem must be fixed by the end of 1997, less than 1.5 years from now.


The Solution

This is not a technically challenging problem. Technically speaking, all that needs to be done is to increase the field size to accommodate a 4 digit year. This may not be the right solution for many companies, but it is clearly the easiest and most straight forward method for fixing the problem. Note: There are many other options for fixing the problem, from using a sliding window method to using computational/binary data. This may involve lengthy discussion; however, we will be happy to address the options with you. Please e-mail us with questions: y2k@blackhawkis.com

It is, however, a project management nightmare due to its sheer size. Every program and database in the system must be reviewed, modify databases that have 2 digit year fields, convert affected field data, modify programs that are affected, test and implement.

A few highlights...


BlackHawk 2000

BlackHawk 2000 is a comprehensive solution for resolving the business/system problems companies face with the Year 2000. It has been specifically created to address the unique features of a Year 2000 project, regardless of hardware/software platforms.

BlackHawk professionals tailor the use of its methodology to the business/systems environment of each client. They complement this strategy with the proper selection and use of automated software tools, efficiently bringing closure to the tasks required by each life cycle stage of the project. The efficient and effective nature of BlackHawk's strategy ensures success in meeting Year 2000 compliance objectives by reducing project complexities and costs to the client.

The BlackHawk 2000 strategy for solving a client's Year 2000 problem is based on the use of its methodology, and the expert project management and technical personnel assigned to effect its use. This methodology consists of six (6) life cycle stages:


What we can do

Using BlackHawk 2000, we can deliver a solution to your organization in various ways.


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