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Switchover

When transitioning from one big system to another, you need to have a plan in place for how to do it, and it needs to have been thought through properly, which it often has not been.

It doesn't matter if you are talking about the switch from analogue to digital TV in the UK, or from one version of Microsoft windows to another version of any operating system, or any other major change, it has consequences, and you must have plans in place to cope with them.

Companies regularly make a number of mistakes in planning for the change, some of which I will try to document here.

The most obvious mistake is to not actually bother to have any plan at all. When this happens, the problems can range from serious to catastrophic. The most obvious example of this would be if you did nothing until the analogue TV signal was turned off, and then discovered that you couldn't get digital TV.

see also the geocities problem.