The latest 1998 publication from the Centre for Facilities Management focuses on the topical issue of the year 2000 computer bug (more commonly known as the Millennium Bug). The report explains that it is not just a PC problem, but is fast becoming recognised as a potential disabler of buildings and facilities services due to the prevalence of 'embedded systems' in vital office equipment such as heating and ventilation systems, lifts and phone systems.
"...until the facilities manager has begun to assess the risk posed by embedded systems and equipment, he or she should treat the Year 2000 Bug as being the greatest single threat to his or her organisation...the facilities manager is in a unique position to play a crucial role in contacting suppliers and customers to obtain assurances, as well as to identify and prioritise embedded equipment and systems which may affect critical business and safety processes come the year 2000..."
Source: Centre for Facilities Management at Strathclyde Graduate Business School.
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