|An upgrade is very similar to an implementation and would follow the
same ten phases DS Solutions follows for an implementation. There
should still be the formation of a project team, modeling, a prototype,
updated user procedures, cutover planning and post cutover support.
The major difference is that project deliverables are not being created
for the first time, but rather, updated to reflect new processes or revised
processes based on new software functionality.
|A few items unique to upgrades are:
Training of end users may be more net change training versus detailed module
training required during a first time implementation.
Reviewing all current enhancements to determine which enhancements can
be left behind and which enhancements need to be retrofitted
to the new version of the software.
Though you don't have traditional data conversion like you would when you
implement for the first time (legacy system to BPCS), there still is a
need to run SSA supplied utilities for migrating data
from your current version to the new version. Part of upgrading should
be to test these utilities and make sure there are no surprises.
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