The program has been plagued with delays and is running $26 billion over budget.
Called "the greatest IT disaster in history" one London columnist, the U.K. National Health Services' program to create nationwide e-health records and upgrade the medical system's IT infrastructure is in trouble. Britain's Labor government says the program will end up costing more than $55 billion--a whopping $26 billion over budget.
The project, run by Accenture, Computer Sciences Corp., Fujitsu, and others, has been plagued by software problems and resistance from physicians. The vendors face big penalties if deadlines aren't met. In March, Accenture took a $450 million earnings hit as a result. It's enough to make you sick.
The Business of Going DigitalDigital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.
What The Business Really Thinks Of IT: 3 Hard TruthsThey say perception is reality. If so, many in-house IT departments have reason to worry. InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. The news isn't great.