16 November 1999 — Hitachi Data Systems today announced that the City of New York chose its Integrated Solutions Group to conduct an independent verification and validation audit of Y2K remediation work. The $4.3 million contract will extend well into Fiscal Year 2000 and includes augmentation, enhancement, and support services.
The majority of the Y2K audit and quality assurance work is being conducted at four agencies, including the Board of Education, the Health and Hospitals Corporation, the Housing Authority, and the Board of Elections.
"The City of New York has taken the Y2K project very seriously since the onset, and we view the quality assurance phase of our plan as a critical component," said Brian Cohen, Executive Director of the City's Year 2000 Project Office. "As a result we selected Hitachi's Integrated Solutions Group through a competitive bid process to address both our business and technology concerns over Y2K, and ensure accuracy every step of the way."
The Hitachi Integrated Solutions Group will not only examine the competency of code remediation — verifying that the current code has actually been made Y2K compliant — but will also ensure that the current processes being implemented meet the most exacting standards in the industry. In addition, Hitachi's consultants are working closely with the City of New York's Y2K team on augmenting and enhancing the quality assurance aspect of its entire remediation process, as well as providing the city's management team with dedicated project support.
"With only a few weeks left," added Cohen, "organizations, governments, and New York City are taking the steps necessary to ensure a smooth transition into the new millennium — and Hitachi is making that transition a lot easier."
Scott Werner, the Integrated Solutions Group's project executive and lead consultant for the New York City Y2K project, said, "It is crucial that public agencies demonstrate to their various constituencies that they have taken every action possible to ensure uninterrupted services before, during, and after theY2K data change over. Hitachi's in-depth understanding of large, complex initiatives and government infrastructures, combined with our reputation for award-winning customer satisfaction, will go a long way in helping New York City to provide secure, uninterrupted services to all of its citizens."
This project and many others, coupled with an ever-increasing volume of solution integration consulting demand, has led to substantive moves toward the formation of a separate Hitachi services subsidiary. Over the last several years Hitachi's Integrated Solutions group has delivered numerous integrated business solutions across the globe. These solutions include architecting, testing, and delivering a distributed intranet sales management system using the latest e-business technology for a multi-national insurance corporation. Another solution entailed designing and implementing the infrastructure and applications for a customer mining, modeling, and information system for a F100 telecommunications corporation.
Currently at Fulton County, Georgia, the 17th largest county in the United States, the Integrated Solutions group is designing, developing, and implementing a Comprehensive Justice Information System. The new services subsidiary plans to focus on platform-independent systems integration solutions for the Fortune 2000 market. Further details will be announced in 1Q00.
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Recognized as a leading provider of business solutions for the world's most IT-intensive corporations, Hitachi Data Systems offers professional services, multiplatform storage subsystems, and the industry's broadest line of high-performance servers. The company's extensive range of products and services, coupled with its business alliances with key industry leaders, enable it to transform IT into business agility for high-end and middle-market customers. Hitachi Data Systems is owned by Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT) and has its headquarters in Santa Clara, California.
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