Councils show they have learnt from Y2K


Councils show they have learnt from Y2K

James Rogers
The public sector is well placed to deal with the impact of the euro, according to senior council IT staff.

Robin Carsberg, president of the Society of Information Technology Management and head of technology services at Braintree District Council, said, "Most people in local government who have major payment systems have put in place euro compliance. Many of us took the opportunity of the millennium to assess our readiness for euro compliance."

Jim Lythgoe, corporate project manager at Lancashire County Council, said, "We have been ensuring that any software that we have put in since Y2K is euro-compliant. I think you will find that all local authorities have their finger on the euro pulse."

Officials at Liverpool City Council said the euro is likely to have the greatest impact on its procurement procedures. The council has been working with BT to develop a euro-compliant model, called iProcurement. It is scheduled for completion next month.

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