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Information Systems Analysis and Design CSC340 VI. The Feasibility Study What is a feasibility study? What to study and conclude? Benefits and costs Cost/Benefit analysis Accounting methods Comparing alternatives Do it! 2002 Jaelson Castro and John Mylopoulos The Feasibility Study -- 1 Information Systems Analysis and Design CSC340 The Feasibility Study Phase n The objectives of a feasibility study are to find out if an information system project can be done (...is it possible?...is it justified?) and to suggest possible alternative solutions. n A feasibility study should provide management with enough information to decide: - whether the project can be done - whether the final product will benefit its intended…show more content…
n It's not only important to evaluate whether a system can work but also evaluate whether a system will work. n A workable solution might fail because of end-user or management resistance. ü Does management support the project? ü How do the end-users feel about their role in the new system? ü What end-users or managers may resist or not use the system? People tend to resist change. Can this problem be overcome? If so, how? ü How will the working environment of the end-users change? ü Can or will end-users and management adapt to the change? 2002 Jaelson Castro and John Mylopoulos The Feasibility Study -- 6 Page 3 Information Systems Analysis and Design CSC340 Technical Feasibility n Is the proposed technology or solution practical? n Do we currently possess the necessary technology? n Do we possess the necessary technical expertise, and is the schedule reasonable? n The technology for any defined solution is usually available; however, the question is whether that technology is mature enough to be easily applied to our problem. n Some firms like to use state-of-the-art technology, but most firms prefer to use mature and proven technology. n A mature technology has a larger customer base for obtaining advice concerning problems and improvements. n
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