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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England launched the National Programme in 2002, hoping that the ten-year effort would reform the way the National Health Service processed patient information, improving service and quality accordingly. It would encompass appointment-making, prescribing, a provider directory and email service and more. It was originally projected to cost $12.4 billion, or nearly $20 billion; two years later, the Department of Health warned it might cost as much as $55 billion, more than four times as much as planned.
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.