Auditors: Army's huge SAP project 'at high risk'

The $2.4 billion implementation is already over time and budget, according to officials

By , IDG News Service |  Software

Overall, the auditors' report came as little surprise to Michael Krigsman, CEO of Asuret, a consulting firm that helps organizations conduct successful implementations.

"Late, under-performing, and over-budget IT projects are a way of life in the federal government," Krigsman said via e-mail.

Wasteful IT spending persists despite efforts such as the Federal IT Dashboard and legislation like the Information Technology Investment Oversight Enhancement and Waste Prevention Act of 2009, Krigsman said.

The recent decision of federal CIO Vivek Kundra to step down "can only make things worse," Krigsman added. "Unfortunately, it's hard to be hopeful about the future of successful IT in the government."

Any large-scale ERP project presents a trove of challenges for the parties involved as old systems and ways of working are replaced. The dynamics in play can be likened to a three-legged stool, or in Krigsman's preferred parlance, the "Devil's Triangle," with the software vendor, systems integrator and customer all needing to play important roles well.

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's e-mail address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com

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