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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The Pentagon's Joint Strike Fighter, aka the F-35, was commissioned as a replacement for more than 2,500 existing aircraft in all branches of the service, including the A-10, F-16, some F-18 variants, Harriers and others. The original plan, in 2001, was for 2,866 planes at $72 million apiece. The Government Accounting Office now estimate the planes will cost $100 million each, which means -- even with a reduced number ordered -- the program will cost at least $245 billion. Other estimates range up to $300 billion, making it the most expensive weapons program ever.
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.