Systems End of Life: What Happens to System Functionality?
Abstract: The Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) may be the most widely accepted information system theory as it captures the different stages and activities that all information systems progress through. Planning, analysis, design, and implementation are four generic stages of the SDLC. Each stage contains many sub-stages; the entire cycle ends within implementation with systems disposition or disposal. Theoretically, each information system will experience disposition or disposal. Yet academic literature has little guidance for organizations at this stage of the SDLC. When contrasted with other stages of the SDLC, even other parts of systems implementation (systems adoption or systems use), the lack of academic research examining systems disposal is only apparent by the absence of research. This study will begin to examine this stage of implementation, systems disposition. We will address the hardware, software, people and processes that will be affected by the disposition of a system and what leads companies to retire systems. Drawing upon technology adoption theory and general systems theory, we propose that the cause of disposal is determined by various technology, environment and operating system factors.
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