IFS International, Inc. announced plans to complete Y2K certification of its TPII family of products by October 31st, 1998.
IFS is taking the Y2K matter very seriously and has had a team assigned to the Y2K verification project since April of 1998. Certification of IFS International’s core TPII software has been completed and subsequent certification of all ancillary TPII products is due by October 31st, 1998. All current customers affected by TPII Y2K issues will be scheduled for enhancement upgrades after certification completion.
“The changes to our base code have thus far proven to be minimal and we do not have as extensive a problem as legacy based systems. We also have access to powerful client/server tools to assist us in editing and testing our system for Y2K compliance” said Dave Hodge, CEO of IFS.
Oracle, which is the database used by TPII, has stated that its products are Y2K compliant. In addition, IFS hardware partners have indicated that all operating system components will be Y2K compliant as well. Therefore, the impact of Y2K issues on the TPII system should be minimal.
In addition to analyzing the system software for possible Y2K issues, IFS is in a position to be able to simulate various environments for testing Y2K issues and scenarios. Using transaction simulators, IFS systems were rolled forward in time to December 28, 1999. Transactions were introduced for a period of several days allowing TPII system components to be tested across the Y2K boundary.
IFS generated sets of test credit cards with issue dates and expiration dates both before, on, and after the Y2K boundary. All tests were completed successfully on schedule by July 31st, 1998 on the core TPII system. IFS International plans to start formal Y2K certification with VISA’s Denver Processing Center early next month to ensure Y2K compliance for its VISA Cash product lines. Recent releases of TPII have included any completed enhancements related to Y2K.
“We consider the Y2K issue as a serious matter and plan a thorough certification of our base and our customer systems.” We believe Dave Hodges previous experience of managing two large certification projects will be a great asset to the project,” said Frank Pascuito, Chairman.
IFS International, Inc. develops, markets, and supports software products for the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) market. IFS International products are used to provide ATM, POS, smart-card, debit card management, bank teller, bank platform, home banking and call-center solutions to the EFT industry. Its family of software products, marketed under the name TPII, serves as a manager of EFT systems for automated teller machines (ATM), point-of-sale (POS) and voice authorization. The NCI International, Inc. subsidiary adds complementary products to the IFS family, including NCI Business Center, an enterprise-wide retail banking solution designed to automate all traditional as well as Internet/Intranet transactions. IFS also provides a turnkey system for smart-card implementation.Details