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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This entry may not carry the price tag of some of the others, but it's certainly tops in its category. The Diamond Flower mouse from German company Pat Says Now (don't ask us) has a body made of 18 carat white gold studded with 59 diamonds. A USB optical mouse that works with Windows, Mac and Linux, it can be yours for a mere [euro]18,600 -- less than $25,000, a bargain.
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.