Beyond IT Failure
Michael Krigsman is a recognized authority on the causes and prevention of IT failures.
Michael Krigsman is an internationally recognized analyst, strategy advisor, and authority on enterprise software leadership, CIO innovation, and social business. Interact with Michael on Twitter at @mkrigsman.
Following up on a post about IBM packaged services, Prashanth Rai from the CIO Weblog asked me the following question in an email:Yes, it looks like IBM is trying to do something that could really turn into tangible benefit for services customers. This seems to be a step in the right direction, but we need to see how it successful it turns out and how well they execute on the idea.
CIO Insight magazine wants your worst IT nightmares: here’s a chance to tell the world your personal IT war stories.To fast-track your entry, send it directly to Debra DAgostino at CIO Insight magazine.
IBM is really pushing the packaged services. Here is information from CXOtoday.
Infosys is India’s second largest outsourcing supplier, employing more than 60,000 employees. ComputerWorld described some of the systems and processes the company uses to manage large projects successfully.
Buying the wrong software can significantly affect the health of even the largest company. If you don’t believe me, just ask Christian Streiff, former CEO of Airbus.
Dare Obasanjo, blogger, Microsoft employee, and son of the president of Nigeria (seriously), has assembled a list of five signals that indicate a project may fail: After being at Microsoft for five years, I’ve now begun to see the signs that a project is likely to crash and burn early on. Below is a top five list of signs your software project is in trouble…: Schedule Chicken: This is typically a sign that the project’s schedules are unrealistic.
Writer Andy McCue of Silicon.com offers some helpful comments on avoiding failure on large IT projects: The software itself is now rarely the cause of [huge failures], the root cause of which can more often be linked to the massive business and process change associated with implementing an ERP system.
InformationWeek ran a poll in which 70% of the respondents claimed to have seen a multimillion-dollar IT project failure. Here’s the link, and below you can see an image of the results.
Information Week recounts ten major IT project failures. The article is relatively short, given the number of projects it covers, but if you’re interested in this sort of thing, then take a look.