FW: not HUMOR: The heroes of Y2K
Brentp "at" venkel.com
Sat, 15 Jan 2000 00:51:03 +0000
I hope you all will not think too badly of me for sending this to the =
I thought this was worth reading (patting myself on the back!) :~) :~) =
Brent W. Perez=20
IT Manager - Venkel Corp.=20
Subject: Fwd: not HUMOR: The heroes of Y2K
> > The heroes of Y2k
> > By Judy Backhouse
> > The truly crazy headed for the hills with fortified bunkers and
> > ammunition. The more cautious bought water and tinned food.
> > Even the most optimistic drew some extra cash the week before.
> > Everyone speculated about the outcome.
> > But in the IT world, we worked.
> > We checked code.
> > We corrected code.
> > We tested code.
> > We rolled dates forward and backward and forward and backward
> > until our nerves were paper-thin.
> > We upgraded hardware.
> > We upgraded operating systems (to cope with the new hardware).
> > We upgraded compilers (to cope with the new operating systems).
> > We modified more code (to cope with the new compilers).
> > And then we began the cycle again of testing and rolling forward
> > and testing and rolling backward.
> > We initiated great, complex Y2k projects.
> > We compiled project plans.
> > We filled in endless forms about the state of our Y2k projects.
> > We wrote monthly reports about the progress of the Y2k projects.
> > We went to meetings where we were told how the future of the
> > company depended on the Y2k project being completed in time.
> > We dealt with panicked business people.
> > We soothed troubled nerves at dinner parties.
> > We were asked to predict the outcome by distant cousins who
> > knew we were "in IT".
> > We became overnight experts in the working of diesel generators,
> > photocopiers, motor vehicles and washing machines.
> > And, collectively, we averted the disaster.
> > Like superman of old, the IT professionals of today managed to
> > intercept nothing less than the end of the world. In an industry
> > where projects run notoriously over the most pessimistic time
> > estimates, we met the deadline.
> > The clocks ticked over to the year 2000 with nothing more than
> > minor hitches.
> > And were they grateful? Did the world thank us and laud us as the
> > heroes we quite clearly were?
> > No!
> > They turned around and called it "all hype".
> > They questioned the money spent.
> > We did our jobs so damned well that the only question remaining
> > was whether there had been any need to do the job at all.
> > So, to all those IT people out there who slaved away at the Y2k
> > problems over the past few years, who endured the pressure
> > of fearful but helpless managers; who lost endless sleep testing
> > things at night because there wasn't a separate test machine; who
> > cancelled their December leave; who couldn't be in exotic places =
> > welcome the start of the new millennium; who stayed sober on
> > New Year's eve because they were on standby; who went to work
> > on the 1st and the 2nd to boot up the machines - I say put your
> > feet up, pat yourselves and each other on the back and go and get
> > some much needed sleep with a smug smile on your face.
> > We did it.
> > The IT people across the planet are heroes - even if unsung ones.
> > Like housework, what we do is not appreciated unless we don't do
> > it. But like the housewives of old we go on doing it, knowing
> > that it is good, honest, necessary work - and that it gives us
> > inordinate power.
> > So, my fellow programmers, system administrators, database
> > administrators, operators, analysts and support staff -
> > congratulations on a job well done.
> > Ours may be the youngest profession on the planet, but this 21st
> > century belongs to us.
> > Judy Backhouse is an IT professional who does freelance writing in
> > her free time.
> > Online Editor: Carel Alberts +27 11 789-1808
> > @ Copyright 1999 Systems Publishers (Pty) Ltd -
> > All Rights Reserved
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