A systems survey is initiated when the organization’s IT strategic plan prescribes the development or when a user requests the development or modification of a new system.
The systems survey goals are as follows:
• Identify the nature and the extent of systems development by determining for each reported problem the problem’s existence and nature.
• Determine the scope of the problem.
• Propose a course of action that might solve the problem. Determine the feasibility of any proposed development.
• Is there a technically, economically, and operationally feasible solution to the problem?
• Devise a detailed plan for conducting the analysis step.
• Determine who will conduct the analysis, who will head the project team, what tasks are required, and what the development timetable is.
• Devise a summary plan for the entire development project.
There are three aspects of feasibility:
• Technical feasibility.
• Operational feasibility.
• Economic feasibility.
These risks, many of which are discovered during the feasibility study, include:
• Project size.
• Degree of definition.
• Experience with technology.
• Organizational readiness.
Obtaining agreement on the document’s contents is a key element in the development process because such agreement paves the way for cooperation as the project progresses.