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2007 Daylight Savings Time Changes

by Darren & Lisa Duke

02/07/2007

U.S. companies scramble to update systems

American companies are busy implement patches and fixes before "new" Daylight Saving Time (DST) arrives March the 11th. Starting in 2007, DST will begin on the second Sunday in March and end the first Sunday in November. This means Americans will "spring forward" three weeks earlier than in past years and "fall back" one week later.

The change was part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and was intended as an energy-saving measure. Though well intentioned, this time change will impact most of the critical IT infrastructure that companies run their businesses on.

"If companies don't apply the patches correctly, there will be problems with calendars and other time dependent applications. You'll have people showing up at the wrong time for meetings and people panicking to make changes after the fact. We would encourage companies to begin planning and making changes now," said Darren Duke, Lead Consultant for Simplified Technology Solutions, Inc. (STS).

This change may require modifications to servers, desktops, and individual applications. Critical infrastructure including Windows servers, IBM platforms and BlackBerry devices all have the potential to be impacted by this time change.

For more information, check the following links:

IBM Products

Overview
http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=0&uid=swg21254625


Domino & Notes
http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=899&uid=swg21247972


Sametime
http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=477&uid=swg21248420

Microsoft Products


http://support.microsoft.com/gp/dst_overview

Reseach In Motion Products

BlackBerry
http://www.blackberry.com/select/dst2007/planned_resolutions/enterpriseserver/domino/index.shtml


BB Devices:
http://www.blackberry.com/select/dst2007/planned_resolutions/device_impact.shtml#v410365


Simplified Technology Solutions Services

Ensure that your business is prepared for DST 2007 by contacting Lisa Duke at STS to schedule your readiness evaluation. Call 678 638 6688 today!



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