Systems End of Life: What Happens to System Functionality?
Abstract: To date, nearly all information technologies have been retired. Theoretically, this idea is most succinctly captured in the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC), which proposes that all information technologies follow a lifespan like a living organism which ends in the retirement of that system. Yet when an information technology is discontinued, there is strong evidence that the technology is replaced. Academic literature provides little insight as to how or why these technologies are replaced and how the new system relates to the old system. This lack of research has been observed by researchers. Furneaux and Wade have called attention to this phenomenon in two studies (2010, 2011). Yet research has not moved through the SDLC with the new system assuming that it follows similar patterns observed with other technologies. This study will begin to examine this transition, from old systems to new. What causes an information system to be replaced, and what happens when that information system is replaced to the organizational functions that were implemented through that technology? Technology adoption constructs will be used to shape the investigation into the pre and post implementation of replacement technologies. Methodologically, this investigation will start with the interview of information systems practitioners who have participated in systems replacement. After the data from these interviews are coded and synthesized, we anticipate create a survey instrument to validate our initial findings.
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