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The Real Reasons Behind Vcf System Failure

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VCF SYSTEM CASE STUDY 2
The Real Reasons behind VCF System Failure
The need for implementing an electronic system was evident. However, the Virtual Case
File (VCF) system became unsuccessful five years from its development. I believe several
reasons caused its failure. The major ones can be summarized as; lack of human resource and
information technology, poor system design, and the absence of proper enterprise architecture
(McGroddy and Li).
The FBI did not have a proper enterprise architecture. It is evident because the
development of the enterprise architecture did not involve senior leadership. It had therefore left
out significant tradeoffs, operational priorities, and critical policies between the electronic
system implementation and enterprise architecture. Moreover, the functional requirements were
unknown, yet they should have been the key driver to the information technology infrastructure.
If the FBI had declared its operational processes, tasks, goals, and strategies, then maybe the
system would have had a better chance at succeeding.
The primary purpose of introducing the VCF system was to enhance the storing and
sharing of information between departments. However, the project became complex when more
functionalities were added to the system to include intelligence tasks. The implementation of
such a system would consume more time and be bound to attract resistance from the users. The
paper system seemed convenient and less cumbersome.
According to Knorr (2005), the FBI did not have the required expertise to pull off such a
project. The successful implementation of any similar project requires skills and knowledge in
both project management and information technology. The FBI lacked both. The staff handling

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Running Head: VCF SYSTEM CASE STUDY The Real Reasons behind VCF System Failure Name Institution Course Code 1 VCF SYSTEM CASE STUDY The Real Reasons behind VCF System Failure The need for implementing an electronic system was evident. However, the Virtual Case File (VCF) system became unsuccessful five years from its development. I believe several reasons caused its failure. The major ones can be summarized as; lack of human resource and information technology, poor system design, and the absence of proper enterprise architecture (McGroddy and Li). The FBI did not have a proper enterprise architecture. It is evident because the development of the enterprise architecture did not involve senior leadership. It had therefore left out significant tradeoffs, operational priorities, and critical policies between the electronic system implementation and enterprise architecture. Moreover, the functional requirements were unknown, yet they should have been the key driver to the information technology infrastructure. If the FBI had declared its operational processes, tasks, goals, and strategies, then maybe the system would have had a better chance at succeeding. The primary purpose of in ...
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