Reconstrucing the Systems Development Organization

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Today’s typical information systems (IS) organization clings to the belief that it is primarily in the new system development business, a notion based increasingly on substantial self-deception. In reality, many IS development staffs now devote the majority of their efforts to the repair and enhancement of currently installed systems. This “maintenance” task, as it is commonly termed, is widely misunderstood, misrepresented, and undervalued. A reconstruction is necessary, one in which the repair and ongoing development of installed systems is given proper emphasis and strategic recognition.

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Author E. Burton Swanson and Cynthia M. Beath
Year 1989
Volume 13
Issue 3
Keywords Information systems, organization, systems development, application software maintenance
Page Numbers 293-307