More Vendors Not Testing Older Products

By Bielski, Lauren | ABA Banking Journal, May 1999 | Go to article overview

More Vendors Not Testing Older Products


Bielski, Lauren, ABA Banking Journal


Perhaps fearing Y2K's latent sting, many technology manufacturers with alder products are simply indicating "vendor will not test," when asked to declare compliance status on many individual, as yet unevaluated, products.

This news comes from the Compliance Tracker Delta Report, which offers periodic "snapshots" of the proprietary database created by Infoliant, Pittsburgh, Pa. The company tracks remediation data on more than 500 manufacturers and 30,000 desktop, software, and enterprise system hardware products. (see ABA BJ April, p. 45)

Of that sizeable database of vendors, about 5% are indicating that they will not test, or continue to support, versions of specific products in their often extensive product lines, says Kevin Weaver, Infoliant's executive vice-president

More Vendors may be backing away from specific products, but for the majority who continue to test products (even older versions) and publicize results, the market has shown itself to be in transition In March alone, nearly 600 changes in Y2K compliance were reported, Infoliant says.

Of those, more than a third were negative--that is, the vendor shifted from compliant status into a lessor category, including "not compliant" or "action required. …

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