THE BIG PICTURE

NEW YORK -- Minimizing the effects of the year-2000 problem remains a top priority for information-technology executives, but the vast majority -- nearly 95% -- are more concerned about their trading partners' state of readiness than their own ability to safeguard mission-critical systems.In addition, with Internet sales moving rapidly into the retailing mainstream, many companies are launching or

NEW YORK -- Minimizing the effects of the year-2000 problem remains a top priority for information-technology executives, but the vast majority -- nearly 95% -- are more concerned about their trading partners' state of readiness than their own ability to safeguard mission-critical systems.

In addition, with Internet sales moving rapidly into the retailing mainstream, many companies are launching or expanding their electronic commerce efforts. Supermarket IT executives, however, believ

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