Date bug spend was justified

Many people have criticised the level of spending on the Y2K problem in the UK. Do you believe we spent too much preparing for the millennium bug?

IT professionals have hit back at criticism over Y2K spending, with more than five out of six saying the amount spent was justified.

The Computer Weekly/Harvey Nash Big Question found that 86% of respondents believed the UK had not succumbed to Y2K hype.

National media criticised the level of Y2K spending in the UK last week, saying countries like Italy had survived and spent much less.

IT professionals said that testing and auditing proved Y2K was a real problem. One said, "If we had not prepared well, our systems would not be working now. We wouldn't be able to operate as a company, and would now be out of business."

Shaun William, of the 3I Group, said, "Without the extensive preparations and thorough testing we would have had serious problems over the millennium."

Many people have criticised the level of spending on the Y2K problem in the UK. Do you believe that we have spent too much preparing for the millennium bug?

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