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AFRIK-IT  March 1998

AFRIK-IT March 1998

Subject:

DEVMODL: Topic 001: Y2k Model for Developing Countries

From:

Chris Anderson <[log in to unmask]>

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African Network of IT Experts and Professionals (ANITEP) List

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Sat, 21 Mar 1998 14:32:21 GMT

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Y2k DEVMODL: A Y2k Model for Developing Countries

The Y2k Cinderella Project Secretariat is pleased to
announce our latest madcap project.

On the assumption that is is easier to mobilise
countries to declare war on each other rather than to
get them to do anything about Y2k, it has been decided
to create a theoretical Model for Y2k Remediation in
Developing Countries.

Hopefully, this Project will develop to be much more
than a theoretical Model, it will produce deliverables
that will enable and assist such a process.

The name of the project is DEVMODL and a preliminary
Web Page is at http://www.cinderella.co.za/devmodl.html

The Primary concept is to establish a National Y2k
Competence Centre, with branches in Regional Areas, to
provide services and Government liaison to create an
Awareness Campaign and Manage a National Risk
Assessment.

A Primary assumption is that Developing Countries do
not have vast amounts of money to throw at the Problem.

The actions (to date) of Developed Countries do not
exactly provide a glowing testimonial for approaches to
Y2k Remediation.

This raises some questions.

How should such a body operate?  What services should
be provided?  How can such an enterprise be established
quickly and expect to be effective?

These are precisely the questions that this project
hopes to address.

The Y2k DEVMODL Project will produce a series of Essays
and Articles on the Topic and will invite comment and
suggestion.

The preliminary model looks like this:

PROPOSAL:

Develop a Model and Toolkit for Addressing the Y2k
problem in Developing Countries


ABSTRACT

A plan to provide Governments of Developing Countries
with a structure and methodology to enable a Solution
for the Y2k problem.

Essential aspects are:

1. Simplicity
2. Speed
3. Practicality
4. Minimum cost

STAFFING

Each Government to provide 1 x Project Manager,
and Technical and administrative staff as appropriate
to scope of effort.

Government resources for Communications and Media
campaigns appropriate to scope of effort.

Email and Internet access, appropriate Admin
and Communiications facilities.

TIMETABLE

Project must be set up within 3 months.
July 1 1998 is "drop dead" date to support mainframes.
First milestone: Awareness campaign (start latest June 1998)
Second milestone: Critical Risk Status (after 6 months)
Third milestone: Planned activities on target (ongoing)
Final milestone: Readiness (Mid 1999)

BUDGET

Adequate budget provisions to be made by appropriate
government.

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

PREAMBLE:

The implementation of a solution set for the Y2k problem
for Developing Countries has certain constraints.

1. Committment. The potential for economic damage and
and factual existance of the problem is known. However,
there is a severe lack of awareness and total lack
of committment.

2. Time. The technical constraints imposed by the problem
imply that immediate action must be taken. July 1 1998
is probably the last date by which an effective plan
can be mounted. After that, Triage and action by Priority
will be necessary.

3. Mixed environment. Mainframes and PC/Lan systems have
totally different problem sets and must be handled separately.

4. Budget. The lateness of the approach may cause difficulties
with budgeting. Budgetary allocations for the next 18 months
have already been made.

5. Skills. Y2k skills are not readily available in the
affected areas. A communications network will be necessary
to provide remote support for technical issues.

6. Staffing. Skilled resource will be difficult to obtain
in light of existing world-wide shortages and escalating rates

7. How does one "Sell" the concept to Government?  The
"Marketing" or "persuasive" aspects of "selling" any
solution to affected governments must be addressed.

METHOD

Each affected Government will set up a Competence
Centre (Y2k Centre) with the following objectives:

- reporting to Cabinet
- six weekly report back to Government
- own discretionary budget
- competent to manage a National Emergency
- powers to compel testimony

COMPETENCE CENTRE MISSION:
1. to identify and monitor Risks to Infrastructure
2. to promote awareness of Y2k across all economic sectors
3. to identify and report back on Problem Situations
4. to coordinate a master plan (timetable) for Government
   departmental remediation
5. to recommend Strategic action plans to avoid disasters
6. to investigate and recommend Contingency Plans
7. to develop Competence and disseminate Information
8. to man a "Hotline" and National Support Centre
9. to assess and if necessary Certify Compliance
10. To coordinate a National Risk Assessment Document, by
    Economic Sector

ECONOMIC SECTORS

1. Each Economic Sector to establish a coordinating
body consisting of corporate representatives, special
trade interest magazines and newspapers and
professional representative bodies.

2. This coordinating body to liase with the Y2k Centre
to identify special Y2k problems and risks within the
industry sector and assist in the Awareness campaign
and compilation of the National Risk Assesment Document.

PRELIMINARY LIST OF ECONOMIC SECTORS

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT
REGIONAL GOVERNMENT
LOCAL GOVERNMENT
ELECTRICITY
WATER
TRANSPORT
TELECOMMS
HEALTH
ACRICULTURE
RETAIL
PETROCHEMICAL
MANUFACTURING
LEGAL
ACCOUNTING
GENERAL PUBLIC


COMPETENCE CENTRE DELIVERABLES

PRESENTATIONS:


1. Introduction to the Y2k Competence Centre Methodology
2. Year 2000 Tutorial
3. Year 2000 Solutiuons for Small Business
4. Skills for Y2k
5. Effective Systems Testing

INFORMATIONAL DATABASES

List of Y2k-related Articles
List of Y2k-related Websites
Consolidated Compliance Statements Database
Consolidated Embedded Systems Database
Consolidated Medical Equipment Database
List of Authorised Business Analysts
List of Authorised Remediation Service providers
List of Current Y2k-related Tenders

DOCUMENTATION

Standards
Evalution of Tools
Glossary of Terms

PROCEDURES

Testing Procedures

REGIONAL CENTRES OF COMPETENCE

- Establish branch operations in Regions

COMPLIANCE

Local Definition
Local Contract Warrant Wording

NATIONAL RISK ASSESSMENT DOCUMENT

NATIONAL Y2k PROJECT PLAN

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Chris Anderson          email:                       [log in to unmask]
Y2K Cinderella Project          [log in to unmask]
http://www.cinderella.co.za             Striving for Year 2000 Compliance
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