Every year, organizations around the world meticulously budget and plan their IT projects so they can support and achieve crucial business objectives. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for these projects to fall off track, end up over budget, or fail to deliver a return on their investment—even despite expert CIOs and skilled teams. Recent research from Boston Consulting Group found that 70% of digital transformations fall short of their objectives, often with far-reaching consequences.
That’s why in this blog post, we’re sharing a number of the most common reasons why IT projects still fail so IT leaders can learn from these mistakes.
1. Not having the right tools
It almost goes without saying that having the right tools and resources to execute a project greatly increases the amount of work you can accomplish as well as the quality of that work.
But because IT projects can be so complex, it’s crucial to project team members with the right technology-related tools and techniques they need in order to successfully complete projects. Implementing software can fail because teams don’t have the right tools to do so. Managing assets can fail without the right tools to effectively oversee it in real-time. Network topology projects can fail because teams don’t have the right equipment to create the topology, and wireless internet surveys can fail without the right resources to even complete the survey.
2. Too little time in the day
IT directors are notoriously entrenched in the day-to-day grind that comes with their responsibilities. Add on the fact that employee turnover continues to rage during the ‘Great Resignation,’ and many IT directors are now facing increased workloads in the face of more employee training and mounting security demands.
As a result, some IT directors can be so caught in the minutiae of the job that they aren’t able to give IT projects the high-level focus and direction needed. From fully evaluating compatibility when making hardware and software updates to testing for issues when it comes to patch management, not having enough time can be the downfall of a variety of IT projects.
3. Lack of human resource planning and people power
As mentioned in the previous section, we are in the throes of the ‘Great Resignation.’ Perhaps your organization is already experiencing the widespread effects of this, from training new employees for your own department and making sure all new hires have the proper equipment all the way to the HR department pivoting to recruiting, hiring, and retaining more employees. These circumstantial challenges undoubtedly will put a strain on your organization, but there remains the underlying issue of not properly accounting for human resources. Every IT project should account for what human resources are required, including which team members are needed and for how long. Their other responsibilities and workloads should also be carefully considered.
Similarly, a lack of people power can also thwart your IT projects. Many IT projects can be limited by the size of your team or organization. For example, many manufacturers will only allow organizations of certain sizes to directly purchase advanced security software from them.
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