Primeon offers pretest audits it says can reduce costs of year 2000 testing

ISI Professional Services lists Primeon Inc.’s year 2000 audit service on its
General Services Administration Information Technology Schedule contract. ISI, a
Washington 8(a) vendor, holds a blanket purchasing agreement with the Navy.


Primeon of Burlington, Mass., charges 17 cents per line of code to convert software
applications. The company also can report on the quality of year 2000 fixes for up to 1
million lines of source code in as little as 10 working days, said Gordon King, director
of government markets.


Primeon provides an on-site manager and transfers the source code to the company’s
conversion factory in Burlington via a secure File Transfer Protocol connection.
Two-thirds of Primeon’s programmers have advanced degrees, and they go through the
code line by line, company officials said.


Primeon’s Y2K Audit Service Package identifies problems remaining in corrected
code before testing begins. Pretest audits, also called secondary impact analyses, are
available for more than 30 languages including C, C++, Cobol, Fortran, Informix, Sybase
PowerBuilder and Microsoft Visual Basic.


Year 2000 tools are accurate “70 percent to 85 percent of the time,” King
said. “By definition, you have errors. Ten times out of 10 we find errors, and 80
percent of the time we find significant errors.”


The pretest audit can reduce testing costs, King said, because “60 percent of Y2K
fixes at many organizations have been in the testing phase.”


Primeon has performed pretest audits for the Army, King said.


Contact Primeon at 202-256-3392.

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