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Large-scale integrated systems are comprised of multiple
applications that operate as an integrated unit. The systems are
designed to use compatible programming languages, operating
systems, and communication protocols to enhance interoperability
and ease maintenance requirements.
Effectively implementing large-scale integrated systems is a
complex task that requires considerable resources, strong project
and risk management techniques, and a long-term commitment from
corporate boards and management.
Although the anticipated benefits of integrated systems may be
compelling, there are significant challenges associated with the
development process. Some organizations underestimate the demands
of such projects, incur significant financial losses, and
ultimately abandon the projects.
Examiners encountering organizations that are implementing
large-scale integrated systems must thoroughly review all life
cycle procedures. The reviews should include an assessment of the
board's understanding of project requirements and commitment to the
project. Examiners must also closely review the qualifications of
the project manager, the adequacy of project plans, and the
sufficiency of risk management procedures.