Large-scale information technology projects can balloon to inconceivable figures very quickly with endless revisions, change orders and delays pushing budgets into the stratosphere. Sometimes the cost of an IT project can be measured simply in dollars, but just as often these projects costly in other ways -- in reputation, for example. With government projects, it's easy to look at the budget and see how much it costs -- or at least how much it's supposed to cost. In the private sector, it's not
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Virginia assigned Northrop Grumman in 2005 the ten-year task of taking over the operation of the state's mainframe, server, desktop and network facilities. The $2.3 billion contract also called for new applications to improve the delivery of services to residents. The project has been plagued by cost overruns and missed deadlines, and last October state auditors released a report criticizing Northrop's performance. Northrop, for its part, said the blame should be shared.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.
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