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Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences >> Call for Papers Vol. 8 No. 3, March 2017

Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences

An Evaluation of Factors Affecting Information Systems Obsolescence

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Author G.T. Weerasuriya, W.M.J.I. Wijayanayake
ISSN 2079-8407
On Pages 158-164
Volume No. 5
Issue No. 3
Issue Date April 1, 2014
Publishing Date April 1, 2014
Keywords Information systems obsolescence, obsolescence management


The rapid progress of technology has resulted in an increased rate of obsolescence, especially in the field of information technology. Obsolescence involves many costs for organizations. However, the field of information systems obsolescence management is a relatively less researched area. The purpose of this study is to identify the factors affecting information systems obsolescence and provide guidelines for organizations to manage obsolescence. The factors affecting information systems obsolescence were identified from the literature and categorized into hardware, software and liveware obsolescence factors. The research was conducted using an online questionnaire distributed among IT managers in a sample of randomly selected companies in Sri Lanka. The data was analyzed using Partial Least Squares. Software and hardware obsolescence were shown to have a high impact on information systems obsolescence, with lower cost new hardware, business competition, incompatible hardware, no vendor support and technological advancements being the main factors of information systems obsolescence. Organizations should take these factors into account when making decisions regarding their information systems.

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