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Affordable IT: Staying on Budget


Most companies do a good job of tracking their biggest and most important IT projects, says Mike Metcalf, vice president of marketing at Artemis International Solutions Corp., which makes the Artemis project-management and budget-tracking tools. The problem, he says, is that hundreds of lesser projects are "crudely defined and poorly managed. Those are the ones that kill you."

Additionally, the difficulty with many IT projects is that they've never been done before--at least not at your site. Managers have an idea in their heads, but they don't know how to translate the job into IT time and resources. The full scope of the project may not be clear. Even in an infrastructure project, where no business units are involved, there's no sure way to know exactly how much time and money it will take to develop and deploy a new technology.

How To Avoid Futility

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