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AI7.8 - Promotion to Production

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Promotion to Production

Following testing, control the handover of the changed system to operations, keeping it in line with the implementation plan. Obtain approval of the key stakeholders, such as users, system owner and operational management. Where appropriate, run the system in parallel with the old system for a while, and compare behaviour and results.

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  • An agreed-upon and standardised approach for promoting changes into production in an efficient and effective manner
  • Formally defined expectations and performance measurement
  • Consistent change procedure
  Risk Drivers
  • Segregation of duties violations
  • Systems exposed to fraud or other malicious acts
  • No rollback to previous application system version possible

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  1. Ensure that a formal process for application, system and configuration transfer from testing to the production environment exists. Ensure that the process is in accordance with organisational change management standards.
  2. Ensure that the approval process clearly identifies effective dates for promotion to production of new systems, applications or infrastructure, as appropriate. Ensure that the approval process clearly identifies effective dates for retirement of old systems, applications or infrastructure, as appropriate.
  3. Ensure that the approval process includes a formal documented sign-off from business process owners, third parties and IT stakeholders, as appropriate (e.g., development group, security group, database management, user support and operations group).
  4. Consider the extent of parallel processing of the old and new system in line with the implementation plan.
  5. Promptly update all copies of system documentation and configuration information, including backup copies stored offsite, for software, hardware, operating personnel and system users before a new or modified system is implemented. Promptly update relevant contingency plan documents, as appropriate.
  6. Ensure that all source program libraries are updated promptly with the version of the program being transferred from testing to the production environment. Ensure that the existing version and its supporting documentation are archived. Ensure that promotion to production of systems, application software and infrastructure is under configuration control.
  7. In high-risk environments, consider obtaining from the testing function the media used for implementation to ensure that the software implemented is unchanged from what has been tested.
  8. Where distribution of systems or application software is conducted electronically, control automated software distribution to ensure that users are notified and distribution occurs only to authorised and correctly identified destinations. Implement checks in the distribution process to verify that the destination environment is of the correct standard implementation and version prior to the new software being installed and to ensure implementation on the approved effective date. Include in the release process backout procedures to enable the distribution of software changes to be reviewed in the event of a malfunction or error.
  9. Where distribution takes physical form, keep a formal log of what software and configuration items have been distributed, to whom, where they have been implemented, and when each has been updated. Implement a procedure to ensure the log’s integrity and completeness. Ensure that there are checks in the physical distribution process to ensure implementation on the approved effective date.
  10. Update all program copies in use in the production environment with the version being transferred from testing to the production environment in accordance with the implementation plan.

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