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comment Should I incorporate exit cost into choosing a solution
I see what you mean. It's something to think about. Though I think it's time to go to the customer now, see what he thinks about it being an enhancement and whatnot.
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comment Should I incorporate exit cost into choosing a solution
The alternative to the exit cost being part of the TCO of this solution, would be that it would be part of the TCO of the next solution. Now I know this sounds weird if I say it just like that, but in my experience the cost of decommissioning a system is made part of the project plan/budget of the next system, not the project plan/budget for the current system. Does that make sense?
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comment Should I incorporate exit cost into choosing a solution
Or do you think that is not relevant because the implementation of solution 1 is cheap?
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comment Should I incorporate exit cost into choosing a solution
To be clear, there currently is no solution (solution 0 if you will). They currently keep all information in paper files. I would wholeheartedly agree with this answer if they already used the "Excel" file in the document management system, but there is still a choice here.
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comment Should I incorporate exit cost into choosing a solution
@JustinC well eventually we are talking about cash here. Is it cheaper to use the 'proprietary' format in the long run or not? That is what I think is most important to the project sponsor
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comment Should I incorporate exit cost into choosing a solution
So you're saying that any cost related to the 5% chance the solution will change is irrelevant?
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comment Should I incorporate exit cost into choosing a solution
Without going into specifics; think of it as placing an Excel sheet (designed by the customer) into a document management system (solution 1), versus creating the appropriate tables and GUI's and generating the Excel sheet on demand (solution 2). Except that it's not Excel.