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Technical Feasibility

Technical feasibility is frequently the most difficult area to assess at the initial stage of the system development process. Because objectives, functions and performance are somewhat hazy, anything seems possible if the right assumptions are made. Whilst there appear to be no hard and fast rules, or prescriptions, for the conduct of feasibility studies

It is essential that the process of [requirements] analysis and definition be conducted in parallel with an assessment of technical feasibility (Pressman 1992)

The goal of a feasibility study is to outline and clarify the things and factors connected to the technical realisation of a information service system. It is good to outline, recognise and possibly solve these things before the actual design and realisation. Other goals for feasibility studies are:
Produce sufficient information:
  • Is the development project technically feasible?
  • Produce base data for the requirement definition phase. E.g. what technical requirements does the production of the service place on the clients' current technology i.e. help direct research and development investments to right things.
  • What are the realisation alternatives?
  • Is there a recommended realisation alternative?

  • Scope
    The described evaluation process focuses only on the technical viewpoint. Also other evaluations (profitability, reliability etc.) should be carried out on the recommended information service implementation. The evaluation process can be utilised at different stages of an information service development project:
  • At the beginning of an information service development project: evaluation of the technical feasibility of the desired information service and the implementation alternatives based on the available information. Usually a more concise evaluation.
  • At the beginning of an information service development project alongside requirement definition (and partly after): Produces data for requirement definition and utilises the data produced by the requirement process. A more demanding and in-depth evaluation process.


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