Why so many it projects fail

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CONTENTS

CONTENTS……………………………………………………………………………………………...….2

INTRODUCTION……………………………………………………………………………….………….3

LITERATURE REVIEW…………………………………………………………………………………..3

2.1. Fr33zle.com……………………………………………………………………………..…..4
2.2. National Health Service’s – The National Programme for IT………….4
2.3. Hershey’s ERP System………………………………………………………………….5
2.4. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) – Virtual Case File……...6
2.5. The Cabinet Office & ITNet – Datacentre Hosting……………………6

CONCLUSION………………………………………………………………………………………………7

REFERENCES………………………………………………………………………………………………..8

INTRODUCTION

Information Technology is used daily within our lives at the present moment, this
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They also went over budget and were underperforming in order to complete the project (McGreevy, 2011).

Hershey’s ERP System

Hershey’s is a manufacturer of chocolate and confectionery. Hershey was growing daily and the sales orders were pouring in, the existing system for distribution and shipping was not capable to fulfill big orders and meet the demand. Hershey’s set out to upgrade their IT systems in 1996 into an integrated ERP environment at the estimated cost of $112 million (Gross, 2011).

Hershey’s management decided to finish the project at a quick pace and they also decided on a Big Bang approach to ERP implementation. However the implementation was successful but slowly problems started to appear in order fulfillment processing and shipping (Perepu, 2011).

The key fact here is that Hershey’s started to see big sale orders and as the current system was not capable on fulfilling these orders, Hershey’s decided to go for a quick speedy implementation and skip the system testing in order to meet demand in the peak season (Gross, 2011).

The project failed on these reasons, it’s a textbook implementation mistake as stated by (Gross, 2011). When handling a big project, everything shouldn’t be rushed as it could cause a problem at a later date. It makes me think, do companies like to speed processes and try achieve something they can’t? Or is it simply that the project manager want’s everything done as quickly as possible before he / she loses

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