"Let's just say the pressure is intense. The gun is on the table, the gun's gone off-we think we're down to the last few straws."

-David J. Africk, svp of MasterCard, on

getting merchants to use existing software to avert further Year 2000 glitches.

"You don't want to outsource everything just not to print checks. Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

-John C. Backus, CEO of Herndon, VA-based InteliData, on banks outsourcing payment processing such that they hand over their float to a third party.

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