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Ignition Guide to Creating a System Refresh/Retirement Plan

Published: 02 November 2015

ID: G00339013

Analyst(s): Infrastructure and Operations Research Team


This guide includes documents that will help you build a plan to retire an existing system, establish clear responsibilities for the various stakeholders involved in the process, and plan to deploy a new system to replace the existing system.

Table Of Contents



Step 1 of 6: Prepare for System Refresh/Retirement

Project Objectives

Roles and Responsibilities

Before You Start

Common Pitfalls and Keys to Success

Step 2 of 6: Analyze the Impact of Retiring the System


How to Set Up for Success

Step 3 of 6: Create a Data Migration Strategy


How to Set Up for Success

Step 4 of 6: Plan for the Replacement Solution


How to Set Up for Success

Step 5 of 6: Create Testing and Change Management Plans


How to Set Up for Success

Step 6 of 6: Monitor the System Refresh/Retirement Process

Review Your Performance

Keys to Continued Success

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