Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 20

Volume 20 Number 3, Pages 281-288

Fall 2009


Teaching Case
Migrating Legacy Systems in the Global Merger & Acquisition Environment


Pairin Katerattanakul
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008, USA

Hwee-Joo Kam
North Central Michigan College
Petoskey, MI 49770, USA

James J. Lee
Seattle University
Seattle, WA 98122, USA

Soongoo Hong
Dong-A University
Pusan, South Korea

Abstract: The MetaFrame system migration project at WorldPharma, while driven by merger and acquisition, had faced complexities caused by both technical challenges and organizational issues in the climate of uncertainties. However, WorldPharma still insisted on instigating this post-merger system migration project. This project served to (1) consolidate the separated legacy MetaFrame systems from the three pre-merger pharmaceutical organizations into one globally managed system and (2) develop a global support team for the newly consolidated global MetaFrame system. This system migration project was aligned with WorldPharma’s IT strategy that aimed to streamline its IT resources and enhance system efficiency.

Keywords: Teaching case, IT project management, Migration of global IT systems, IT management

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Recommended Citation: Katerattanakul, P., Kam, H. -J., Lee, J. J., & Hong, S. (2009). Teaching Case: Migrating Legacy Systems in the Global Merger & Acquisition Environment. Journal of Information Systems Education, 20(3), pp. 281-288.