Plan Legacy Application Retirements Carefully

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Summary

Shutting down an application demands careful planning. Use these guidelines to execute graceful application retirements and minimize unintended consequences.

Table of Contents

  • What You Need to Know
  • Analysis
    • Where Do Applications Go When They Get Old?
    • Selecting Applications to Retire
    • Establish Sponsorship and Funding
    • Planning the Retirement
      • Verify Business Dependencies
      • Complete a Technical Review
      • Complete a Legal Review
    • Executing the Retirement Plan
      • Develop Detailed Plans for the Shutdown
      • Ensure the Process Is Reversible and Can Be Recreated
      • Signing Off in a Final Review
    • Tactical Guidelines
  • Recommended Reading
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