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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When Microsoft Windows 95 came out, it boasted multitasking and dynamic memory allocation, neither of which was available in the existing Mac System 7. Copland was the company's ill-fated, lengthy attempt to develop a new operating system in-house; actually begun in 1994, the new OS was intended to be released as System 8 in 1996. Apple managed to get a developer's release out in that year, but it was wildly unstable. The failed effort cost Apple $429 million: the price it took to acquire Next Software, the foundation for OS X.
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.