The Y2K Bug Is Upon Us
According to Thomas, lawsuits surrounding the consequences of Y2K bug damage will be rampant, despite the lack of agreement on the beast's potential to inflict chaos and perhaps despite the presence of Y2K solutions previously initiated.
"We are a litigious society, always looking for someone to blame when things go wrong," he says. "The primary basis of most suits will be negligence, and it may be difficult to prove in most cases."
How can judgments be made when there seems to be little uniform agreement about the potential results of the Y2K bug?
"The results will be known before most suits are pressed forward," Thomas remarks. "Companies that will be forced out of business will be frantically looking for legal help to stay in business."
Thomas adds that many organizations make their decision on which Y2K tools to implement based on the size of the vendor and its capacity to be sued.
There's Still Time
It's never too late to implement a Y2K solution.
Ulrich used an earthquake in Japan as an example, causing a tsunami. With a two-day window, someone living on the shoreline would have ample time to pack up belongings and board up windows on his house before heading for the hills. Someone who waits until the day of the tsunami to leave may have time to pack some belongings, but he or she wouldn't be able to board up the house. If that person waited until the tsunami was on the horizon to make tracks, there would only be time to get in the car and go. But if the person stays on the beach until the little wave is reaching the shore, there will be just a few minutes to react.
Sadly, there won't be many businesses that are prepared far ahead of schedule.