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Implementation After having the user acceptance of the new system developed, the

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implementation phase begins. Implementation is the stage of a project during which theory is turned into practice. The major steps involved in this phase are: l Ac uisition and Installation of !ardware and "oftware l Conversion l #ser Training l $ocumentation The hardware and the relevant software re uired for running the system must be made fully operational before implementation. The conversion is also one of the most critical and e%pensive activities in the system development life cycle. The data from the old system needs to be converted to operate in the new format of the new system. The database needs to be setup with security and recovery procedures fully defined. $uring this phase, all the programs of the system are loaded onto the user&s computer. After loading the system, training of the user starts. 'ain topics of such type of training are: l !ow to e%ecute the pac(age l !ow to enter the data l !ow to process the data )processing details* l !ow to ta(e out the reports After the users are trained about the computeri+ed system, wor(ing has to shift from manual to computeri+ed wor(ing. The process is called ,Changeover&. The following strategies are followed for changeover of the system. )i* $irect Changeover: This is the complete replacement of the old system by the new system. It is a ris(y approach and re uires comprehensive system testing and training. )ii* -arallel run: In parallel run both the systems, i.e., computeri+ed and manual, are e%ecuted simultaneously for certain defined period. The same data is processed by both the systems. This strategy is less ris(y but more e%pensive because of the following: l 'anual results can be compared with the results of the computeri+ed system.
Introduction to "ystem Analysis and $esign :: . l The operational wor( is doubled. l /ailure of the computeri+ed system at the

early stage does not affect the wor(ing of the organi+ation, because the manual system continues to wor(, as it used to do. )iii* -ilot run: In this type of run, the new system is run with the data from one or more of the previous periods for the whole or part of the system. The results are compared with the old system results. It is less e%pensive and ris(y than parallel run

This helps to understand the system and permit changes to be made Implementation of 1-C" Costing -arallel run -ilot run . programs. data dictionary. This ensures the continuity of the system. their coding. It also includes the major error messages li(ely to be encountered by the users. system flow. This strategy builds the confidence and the errors are traced easily without affecting the operations. There are generally two types of documentation prepared for any system. process description. etc. The documentation of the system is also one of the most important activity in the system development life cycle. These are: l #ser or 0perator $ocumentation l "ystem $ocumentation The user documentation is a complete description of the system from the users point of view detailing how to use or operate the system.approach. The system documentation contains the details of system design.