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The Challenges of Complex IT Projects

TitleThe Challenges of Complex IT Projects
DetailsTechnical Report: 2004
AbstractThe report of a working group from The Royal Academy of Engineering and The British Computer Society.

It is estimated that expenditure on IT in the UK public sector alone will top £12.4 billion in 2003/04, with the overall UK spend on IT projected to be a monumental £22.6 billion.

Against this background, it is alarming that significant numbers of complex software and IT projects still fail to deliver key benefits on time and to target cost and specification.

Whilst complex IT project success rates may be improving, the challenges associated with such projects are also increasing rapidly.

These are fuelled in large part by the exponential growth in the capability of hardware and communications technology, and the corresponding inflation in people’s expectations and ambition.
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TopicsManagement, Software Engineering