Disposing of Software

Software is often licensed indefinitely. However, a change of organisation circumstances may result in a decision to stop using a certain system or to move to another. The removal and disposal of the software needs to be considered.

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  • Disposing of software without adequate consideration could cause great difficulties, especially where you need to restore the application's data files from backup.

  • Avoid acting on impulse. Ensure that all relevant parties are consulted.
  • Accept that you may need to restore archive records in the future, and ascertain whether you can save the data files in a format which an alternative (or new) application could read.
  • For peace of mind, consider archiving such software for an interim period (e.g. onto storage tape) prior to irrevocable deletion. Remember to save all the configuration files and ensure that the necessary documentation is still available.



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