The Indiana Business Journal has a story on the problems Indiana businesses are having with switching their computers so they all are prepared for Indiana observing Daylight Saving Time.
Appointment calendars in some of these popular applications are programmed to automatically reschedule appointments set prior to April 2 for an hour later after the time changes. So for example, a 9 a.m. appointment you schedule this month for April 18 will show up on the Outlook calendar as 10 a.m. when the big day rolls around.
Business deals dashed. Careers ruined. Expect a run on job applications at Wal-Mart.
“There’s going to be a lot of companies hurting on April 2,” said Marc Cornejo, the top tech at Indianapolis logistics firm Langham. “… It took five years to fix Y2K and for a lot of companies this is almost as bad.”
And unlike the furor over possible computer glitches at the turn of the century, relatively few companies are aware of the computer issues that will surface only a few weeks from now.
It’s not as if this was unforseen, however. As one universally beloved blogger said on April 12, 2005:
[A] Star Editorial approving DST says that DST is an â€œimportant pushâ€ for Indianaâ€™s economy. (Though I havenâ€™t yet heard an explanation of why these big businesses can keep track of time in Japan â€“which doesnâ€™t follow DSTâ€“ but not Indiana. Also I havenâ€™t heard why out of state businesses simply canâ€™t relocate here because of the burden of changing their business systems whereas thousands of Hoosier businesses can change their business systems in 2 months, no problem. As Iâ€™ve said before, itâ€™s primarily a sign of disrespect from those in other states â€” they simply donâ€™t care enough to remember Indianaâ€™s time and a sign of low self-esteem on the part of proponents in that they see Hoosier uniqueness as badges of inferiority rather than simply as differences or sources of pride.)
Or on April 17, 2005:
Proponents have loudly proclaimed the economic and business advantages of being on DST. But, despite the proclamations, there doesnâ€™t seem to be a lot data supporting this proposition. For the most part from what Iâ€™ve heard, it seems like business leaders get teased by their colleagues in other states, and that has as much to do with it as the cost of revamping business systems. (After all, if this passes, thousands of Indiana businesses will have to revamp their systems, and the legislature doesnâ€™t seem to be giving that expense, which they would be mandating, a second thought.)