This thesis set about answering the question how do the events prescribed in the systems development life cycle compare to the actual events of a company installing a new computer system. It aimed to achieve this by studying a company that implemented a system and comparing it to the cycle. It involved getting a broad overview of all the different variations of the relevant stages contained in the cycle and expressing them in one literary review. Having established the contents of the literary review the questionnaire was formed in order that a direct comparison could be made between the cycle's procedures and those of the organisation. It shows the findings at each of the stages and then whether the way the organisation carried out the stage differs or relates to that prescribed in the framework. This dissertation shows that the systems development life cycle, which is such a prominent and widely used framework, is in essence both an accurate description of events and excellent guideline for organisations to follow.