Published: 23 July 2010
Analyst(s): Joe Bugajski
Even critically important software--strategic software--has an end of life. The trick is to know when that end of life may come and plan appropriate actions soon enough to avoid adverse consequences. Unfortunately, strategic software tends to live longer than it should. Thus, enterprises avoid planning for software removal and replacement through either default or neglect. In this guidance document, Research Vice President Joe Bugajski presents an assessment framework for deciding the fate of strategic software before it is too late to plan a graceful and efficient transition to new software.
Summary of Findings
The Gartner Approach
The Strategic Software Assessment Framework
Risks and Pitfalls
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