BPM Patterns: Replacing Systems

Scott Francis
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Linkedin processJohn Reynolds, now at BP3, previously wrote this post on LinkedIn on replacing core business features over time.  In the context of legacy systems, replacing core business features is a much more complicated proposition.  Effectively you’re stepping into the territory, as well, of replacing systems. 

This is one of the core BPM Patterns-  using BPM to define the business functions and features independent of specific legacy systems.  The end result is a representation that is independent of technology (BPMN / DMN / CMMN), and a roadmap for gradually implementing the core functionality, and/or decommissioning the old systems.

“This scenario of replacing existing business functionality is very common, and it’s a scenario that complicates Agile’s tale. With Waterfall, users stayed on the old systems until the full replacement was ready – With Agile, functionality comes online as it’s ready to use. This is both a good thing, and a bad thing.”

John lays out the roadmap for how this works perfectly:

  • If both the old and the new system can now be used to perform a task, the user has to decide which system to use.
  • If the “replaced” functionality is “turned off” in the old system, then the user now has to navigate between the two systems (and that’s generally a lousy user experience).
  • The third option is to keep the old system running until the new completely makes it redundant, and then move users over – but that destroys much of the value that Agile brings.

Check out his post for the rest!

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