New Book Helps Organizations Maximize Chances of Success on IT Projects

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Cengage is pleased to announce the publication of Why New Systems Fail: An Insider's Guide to Successful IT Projects. This revised edition of the book reflects recent technological developments, such as open source software and software as a service. Rife with case studies and real world examples, the book is Ideal for classes addressing organization change and implementing new technologies in MBA and MIS programs.

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A Fortune 500 manufacturing company spends millions attempting to implement a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Across the globe, a 150 employee marketing firm builds and tries to implement proprietary customer relationship management (CRM) system.

For two very different companies doing two very different things, the outcomes were virtually identical. In each case, the organization failed to activate and utilize its system as initially conceived by senior management, adversely impacting each business.

And these two organizations are hardly alone. On the contrary, research indicates that more than three in five new systems fail. Many miss their deadlines. Others exceed their initial budgets, often by ghastly amounts. Even systems activated on time and under budget often fail to produce their expected results and almost immediately experience major problems.

While the statistics are grim, there is at least some good news:

These failures can be averted.

Organizations often lack the necessary framework to minimize the chance of system failure before, during, and after system implementations. Why New Systems Fail provides such a framework with specific tools, tips, and insight from the perspective of a seasoned, independent consultant with more than a decade of related experience.

The book examines in great detail the root causes of IT project failures. Detailed case studies, examples, and lessons from actual system implementations are presented in an informative, straightforward, and very readable manner. More than a theoretical or technical text, the book offers pragmatic advice for organizations both deploying new systems and maintaining existing ones.

The book trailer can be viewed here:

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Members of the media are able to receive review copies of the book. Please contact Mark Hughes at Cengage:



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