Archive for July 24th, 2007

IT project failure is widespread in Europe

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Here’s some stunning research reported by the BBC that I’ve only just found.  A European study by HP and The Economist found depressingly few IT projects being delivered on time with the major culprits being:

a)  outsourcing
b)  changing priorities
c)  poor co-ordination between managers

Further depression emerges in the lack of accountability.  IT people are reportedly not being charged with taking responsibility for the late delivery.

My first reaction was that this smacks of mis-management in IT.  But then I wondered if the responsibility should be jointly held between IT and the business.  Every IT project is there to serve a business end in some way.  Therefore IT can only provide what the business users want and if they change their mind, then the project slips.