The objective of phase 1 is to conduct a preliminary analysis, propose alternative solutions, describe costs and benefits and submit a preliminary plan with recommendations.
-Conduct the preliminary analysis: in this step, you need to find out the organization's objectives and the nature and scope of the problem under study. Even if a problem refers only to a small segment of the organization itself then you need to find out what the objectives of the organization itself are. Then you need to see how the problem being studied fits in with them.
-Propose alternative solutions: In digging into the organization's objectives and specific problems, you may have already covered some solutions. Alternate proposals may come from interviewing employees, clients, suppliers, and/or consultants. You can also study what competitors are doing. With this data, you will have three choices: leave the system as is, improve it, or develop a new system.
-Describe the costs and benefits.
Following steps are part of this phase:
A. Defining problem – User request for new system or change in existing system is properly defined by analysts.
B. Conducting preliminary investigation
-- Conducting interviews with users for determining requirements
-- Review of documents to determine the workings & the problems of the existing system and the requirements from the new system
C. Exploring viable options – Analyst explores various viable options which can be used to satisfy user requirements from system
D. Conducting feasibilities – various feasibilities are tested for the selected viable options. They include:
-- Technical feasibility
-- Operational feasibility
-- Economic feasibility
-- Legal feasibility
-- Schedule feasibility
E. Submission of reports – After analysis, complete analysis is documented as a report for submission to management. This report also includes the recommendations for options to be used in a new system.