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Forms and processes of information systems evolution

Ramage, Magnus (2006). Forms and processes of information systems evolution. In: 11th Conference of the UK Academy of Information Systems, 9-11 April 2006, University of Gloucestershire, UK.

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Abstract

The way in which software evolves over time has been much studied and is now fairly well-understood. What has been less thoroughly studied are the processes by which information systems – containing software as one component, but also with significant human and organisational aspects – evolve. In many organisations, few information systems are built at all from scratch, but rather are modified from or built on top of existing ones or bolted together from third-party components. In practice, the old division between design, implementation and maintenance has largely disappeared. In this paper, I discuss the nature of IS evolution. I make a distinction between planned (intentional and strategic) evolution, for which we can formulate a clear process; and unplanned (emergent and externally-driven) evolution, where we can simply study the dynamics of the process and be ready for events.

Item Type: Conference Item
Keywords: Information systems evolution, planned and unplanned change, legacy systems, evaluation, scenario planning, coevolution.
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Item ID: 2668
Depositing User: Pat Shah
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2011 15:03
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/2668
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