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15 Budget Busting Technology Projects

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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What the Zune cost Microsoft can't be measured in money. Who knows how many developer-hours were spent on the product -- which actually, when it came out, got pretty good reviews. If the iPod didn't already exist, the Zune might have become the leading MP3 player. But the iPod did already exist, and some of Microsoft's decisions as far as marketing (like making it brown) and features (like limits on how many times you could play a shared song) combined to make it too complicated and too late. What the company lost, probably forever, was a chance to make a splash in the portable music market.

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