Rochester Gas and Electric Corp.
Total estimated cost: $15 million
RG&E identified the need to address Y2K issues early, and in June 1996 established its Y2K Project. The company has assigned some 40 full-time-equivalent staff to work on the project and retained outside consultants.
The company expects to fund the project internally and estimates it will cost some $15 million through Jan. 1, 2000, with $4.6 million of the costs spent through Sept. 30.
The Y2K Project has completed identification and assessment of internally developed applications and has begun fixing activities. RG&E has implemented a new Y2K-ready customer-information and billing system. Starting in April 1998 and continuing through the first half of 1999, the company was to be replacing its PC workstations and software with Y2K-ready equipment and software. RG&E expected to complete the fixing phase by year-end 1998.
Testing for Y2K readiness has begun. Device identification, assessment and fixing are under way and are expected to be completed in the first half of 1999. The company is expected to complete its survey of critical external parties during the fourth quarter of 1998. Testing of individual applications and devices, as well as systems, will take place primarily in the first half of 1999, with completion of all activities by the third quarter of 1999.
The company will use its business recovery plan for any Y2K contingencies to ensure the integrity of its energy and financial systems. Contingency planning began in October 1998 and is expected to be completed by June.
Energet!x, the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, estimates the cost of its Y2K modifications to be less than $100,000.
Seneca Foods Corp.
Total estimated cost: $750,000
Seneca Foods’ Y2K-compliance project is not expected to exceed $750,000. The identification of all equipment with date-sensitive operating controls has been completed. An inventory of its systems assets also has been completed.
All critical systems are scheduled for replacement or modification by June 30, with testing complete by Sept. 30.
Student Loan Corp.
Total estimated cost: $4.3 million
The company had expected to substantially complete Y2K-compliance implementation by year-end 1998, leaving 1999 primarily for full-integration testing and production assurance. Officials budgeted $2.3 million in Y2K-related costs in 1998 and $2 million in 1999.
Chiefly all lines of code in the company’s business applications are through the modification phase, and the majority have been tested and certified. In addition, the majority of business applications scheduled for removal have been removed as part of the company’s ongoing technology expenditures.
The company is also addressing outside Y2K issues. Substantially all of the company’s facilities and related systems have been investigated, and modification and certification are under way.
Student Loan Corp. is creating contingency plans intended to address risks associated with its Y2K effort. Contingency planning will take place during 1999.
Sybron International Corp.
Total estimated costs: $4,097,000
Sybron has a corporatewide initiative involving top-level executives. The company had nearly completed the project by early 1999, and its goal is to substantially complete it by March 31. The company expects to then develop a contingency plan.
The company’s local subsidiary is Nalge Nunc International Inc.
In most cases, the company is upgrading existing software to versions that are Y2K-compliant. Some entire software platforms are being replaced with more current compliant systems. Internally developed software is being reprogrammed, and hardware is being replaced.
Sybron estimates it will spend more than $4 million on its Y2K effort.
Ultralife Batteries Inc.
Total estimated cost: $400,000 to $600,000
Ultralife is reviewing all business systems, testing equipment, surveying key material suppliers and completing its upgrades.
The company’s review and assessment has determined present U.S. accounting systems are not Y2K-compliant.
Ultralife also has an ongoing project to select and install an enterprisewide software system to improve the flow of management information and control of operations. The company has specified that the software system must be Y2K-compliant. This project began last year and is expected to be completed during 1999. Total costs of this project–including hardware, software, consulting and implementation costs–are estimated to be between $400,000 and $600,000.
In addition, the company has contacted its key suppliers and vendors to assess readiness and compliance. Ultralife has issued documentation to key vendors and suppliers. It is receiving assurances from these companies that all new equipment purchased is Y2K-compliant, and that it will have a supply of materials necessary to continue smooth operations.
Total estimated cost: $135 million
Xerox’s Y2K project has five major sections: IT, and the non-IT areas of facilities, vendor-compliance, product-compliance and facilities-management products and services. Xerox had begun in 1993 a project to replace the majority of its legacy systems, which in many cases date back to the 1960s.
The status for each area:
–Applications–The company expected some 90 percent of its applications would be compliant by year-end 1998, with the balance in early 1999.
–Compute–The company expected 100 percent compliance by year-end 1998.
–Infrastructure–32 percent of networks, servers and work stations had been upgraded by late 1998, with the remainder scheduled for upgrading by mid-1999.
–Telecommunications–23 percent of components critical to internal missions are Y2K-compliant and 51 percent are in the implementation stage, while the remaining 26 percent are in the programming stage. The company expects to achieve compliance in this area by mid-1999.
Xerox’s Y2K project timeline required a majority of application systems fixed by Dec. 31, 1998. Roughly 90 percent to 95 percent of applications were expected to be compliant by that date.
The company is assessing its facilities components–including electrical systems, elevators, access control and security systems. Xerox expects compliance by Aug. 1.
The company began its efforts in vendor compliance in November 1997. Due to the poor response rate and the low-level of confidence gained from responses to surveys, officials decided to focus their efforts on two fronts. First, the company began to evaluate the status of sole source/key proprietary suppliers and non-production suppliers to determine alternatives and contingency plans. Second, the company plans to acquire additional inventory by Dec. 31 to ensure continuity of service.
Xerox says 77 percent of its own products are Y2K compliant. An additional 11 percent are not being assessed for compliance because the products have reached their end of life. The remaining 12 percent will be made compliant by June 30. In facilities management, the company is inventorying and assessing third-party components. Complete remediation is expected by March 31.
Xerox projects its Y2K costs at $85 million during 1998 and $50 million in 1999.