Legacy Systems Replacement Project Details

If you can share your first hand knowledge of one or more COMPLETED legacy systems replacement projects, your participation in this survey would be tremendously appreciated.

In support of the upcoming publication of Leaving Your Legacy - The Legacy Systems Replacement Handbook, we are collecting data to identify opportunities to continue to improve understanding of how best to replace or modernize legacy information systems.

The survey is one page long. Once you have completed the nine questions on this page, please click the "Submit Response" button. If you have worked on more than one legacy systems replacement project, it would be of great help if you would provide details for each replacement project. To enter data for additional projects, simply open the survey as many times as required.

If you would like a copy of the results of this survey, please email us at: info@digitalhero.com

A free download of Chapter 1 of the Legacy Systems Replacement Handbook can be found here

* 1. Please provide some basic details about your completed legacy replacement project.

  Yes No Don't Know or N.A.
Did the project involve replacing more than one legacy system?
Did the project involve enterprise information systems?
Did the project involve departmental information systems?
Did the project involve informations systems operated within the public sector?
Did the project involve informations systems operated within the private sector?
Did some, or all of, the replacement system(s) get implemented?
Is all, or a significant portion of, the replacement system(s) still in use?
Were some, or all, of the legacy systems decommissioned or retired?
Were agile software development practices used in a significant way?
Were agile project management practices used in a significant way?
Was requirements management software used to manage the creation, versioning, approval, and traceability of requirements, as contrasted with using general purpose word processing or spreadsheet tools?

* 2. Please select each of the five year periods during which this replacement project occurred. Please choose all that apply.

* 3. Did the requirements for the information systems include highly specialized functionality and business rules (e.g. for a "niche" line-of-business)? Or were the requirements more standardized in nature, possible following generally accepted practices or standards (e.g. a "vanilla" financial system)? Please choose only one answer.

* 4. In thinking about the approach taken to replacing the legacy system(s) with a to-be (e.g. "target") solution, which of the following were part of the to-be application architecture? Please choose all that apply.

* 5. If the target solution included packaged software systems (e.g. either COTS or open source), to what extent was the packaged software modified to meet requirements, in contrast with simply using the software out-of-the-box. Please choose only one answer.

* 6. Please provide details for the original budget and the actual cost of the replacement project. For standardization purposes, please use United States dollars as the currency (USD).

  Less than two million dollars Two million to ten million dollars Ten million to 30 million dollars Greater than 30 million dollars Don't Know or N.A.
What was the size of the original budget for the replacement project? 
If the project completed successfully, how much money was actually spent on the replacement project until it was completed?
If the project was unsuccessful, how much money was actually spent on the replacement project until it was terminated?

* 7. Please provide details for the original project schedule and the actual achieved timelines for the replacement project.

  Less than one year One year to three years Three years to five years Greater than five years Don't Know or N.A.
What was the originally planned duration from project initiation (e.g. project proposal, business case and funding) to completion of the final target system go-live?
If the project concluded successfully, what was the actual achieved duration from project initiation (e.g. project proposal, business case and funding) to completion of the final target system go-live?
If the project was unsuccessful and was terminated early, what was the actual time spent from project initiation (e.g. project proposal, business case and funding) to when the project was terminated?

* 8. Based on recored measurements of the target solution being operated in the organization's production environment, to what extent were the benefits promised when the legacy replacement project was approved, ever actually realized?

* 9. Please provide any closing comments on the greatest reasons this replacement project succeeded or failed.

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