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The implementation phase involves installing approved
applications into production environments. Primary tasks include
announcing the implementation schedule, training end users, and
installing the product. Additionally, organizations should input
and verify data, configure and test system and security parameters,
and conduct post-implementation reviews. Management should
circulate implementation schedules to all affected parties and
should notify users of any implementation responsibilities.
After organizations install a product, pre-existing data is
manually input or electronically transferred to a new system.
Verifying the accuracy of the input data and security
configurations is a critical part of the implementation process.
Organizations often run a new system in parallel with an old system
until they verify the accuracy and reliability of the new system.
Employees should document any programming, procedural, or
configuration changes made during the verification process.
Management should conduct post-implementation reviews at the end
of a project to validate the completion of project objectives and
assess project management activities. Management should interview
all personnel actively involved in the operational use of a product
and document and address any identified problems.
Management should analyze the effectiveness of project
management activities by comparing, among other things, planned and
actual costs, benefits, and development times. They should document
the results and present them to senior management. Senior
management should be informed of any operational or project