Y2K is looming large when this IT pilot fish is asked to lead a project to rewrite an aging database system at a big natural gas processing company.

"A project team was formed that included several representatives from the IT department and several users," fish says.

"Our first meeting was scheduled at a remote location in Wyoming, where we spent five days discussing the overall scope of the system. We also took field trips out to gas wells to see how they were configured, so we could understand the data that the new system had to capture."

The last item on the week's agenda is coming up with a system name. The old system was called "Field Information Network" or FIN. But with all the new features that fish's team plans to add, FIN just doesn't seem to fit.

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