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<p>Most of today's maintenance tools are not sophisticated enough to handle Y2K maintenance on complex, mission-critical systems. Organizations should demand more from maintenance tools, yet there exists skepticism within the communities that are most in need. Perhaps the only positive side-effect of the Y2K problem is that it may cause the information technology community to finally adopt automated maintenance support tools. </p> <p>It is impossible to completely automate Y2K maintenance. But we believe specialized maintenance tools can significantly reduce the labor required to inspect, assess, correct, and test the affected applications. Maintenance tools that can magnify and amplify human insight and action-knowledge-based tools-are especially relevant. </p> <p>This article describes the general requirements for advanced Y2K maintenance tool support. Here we report what we have learned and are learning about the architecture, tools, and process requirements that will enable us to adapt our knowledge-based reengineering, reuse, and translation tools to the Y2K problem. We hope to raise expectations for maintenance tools and thereby alleviate some of the pessimism currently surrounding the subject. Effective tools support can mean the difference Y2K survivability and information systems meltdown. </p>
Philip H. Newcomb, Melvin Scott, "Requirements for Advanced Year 2000 Maintenance Tools", Computer, vol. 30, no. , pp. 52-57, March 1997, doi:10.1109/2.573658
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