Information System Conversion Strategies: A Unified View

Information System Conversion Strategies: A Unified View

Efrem G. Mallach (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/jeis.2009010104


Information system conversion has been with us since users of punched-card tabulating systems first moved to vacuum-tube computers. However, it has generally been seen as an afterthought: once the “interesting” development stages of analysis, design and so on are done, it will just happen. This article attempts to view the process holistically, from both the technical and human viewpoints, reflecting the fact that information systems have both technical and human components. It shows how ignoring one side or the other can lead to problems, which can be avoided if all aspects are considered together. It proposes a systematic approach to considering these issues and points out benefits to both researchers and practitioners from using it.

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