The school's issues "probably have little to do with budget," said Michael Krigsman, CEO of IT consulting firm Asuret and an expert on software project problems. "These project characteristics suggest an organization that was ill-prepared to handle the scope and depth of this project. In simple terms, it sounds like the university got in over its head."
Overall, WSU's problems don't appear as severe as the ones allegedly afflicting a PeopleSoft system being implemented at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Alleged problems with that project led the school to sue Oracle, prompting an ugly, public dispute.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com