Backout Plan

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What Does Backout Plan Mean?

A backout plan is an IT governance integration approach that specifies the processes required to restore a system to its original or earlier state, in the event of failed or aborted implementation.

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Techopedia Explains Backout Plan

A backout plan adheres to an action list created prior to software or system integration. This list includes detailed steps and techniques for uninstalling or deintegrating a new system, as well reversing process changes.

A backout plan is a contingency plan component of the IT service management framework. It is implemented prior to any software or system upgrade, installation, integration or transformation to ensure automated system business operations, should a new system fail to deliver not clear post-implementation testing.

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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.