Tag Results for blunder (64)

  1. Automation Problems Creates US Copyright Problems

    There is a disheartening story in today's Washington Post on the shambolic problems at the US Copyright Office (which was established as a separate department in the Library of Congress in 1897). Copyright applications that used to take on average 82 - 87 days to be processed now are taking 18 months, and that time is likely to grow. You can still get quick copyright application processing, but it is going to cost you $685 for the expedited service. The normal application registration fee is $35 for submitting an electronic …

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  2. TIME's 10 Biggest Tech Failures of Past Decade

    A few weeks ago, I wrote about a story in the London Telegraph on what the British Science Association said are the top 10 innovations that failed to live up to their expectations (at least from a British perspective). Last week, TIME magazine examined "both start-ups and products introduced by companies that did not survive to create a list of the most colossal tech failures of the last decade." TIME set five criteria in order to make their list. The product: (1) had to be widely recognized and widely available …

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  3. How Not To Do An Online Promotion

    In early February, Denny's Restaurant, a chain which is best known for its breakfasts (and customer discrimination lawsuits in the late 1990s), offered its "Grand Slam Breakfast" (pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage) for free across the US as a promotion to generate new business. It was a spectacular marketing success. Not surprisingly, other restaurant chains have been thinking about following suit. Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) this week decided to try a nation-wide promotion similar in nature to Denny's. In hopes of sparking nationwide interest in its new grilled-chicken offering, KFC teamed up with The Oprah …

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  4. UK IT Project Loses Track of $240 million

    Last month, the UK National Audit Office (NAO) published a damning report on the Home Officeâ''s National Offender Management Information System (C-NOMIS) which Edward Leigh, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, called in a London Telegraph story a "spectacular failure." In case his point was missed, Leigh added that, "What they delivered was a master class in sloppy project management. Following blunder after blunder by senior managers, the programme clocked up delays of three years and forecast costs have trebled." As described in the NAO report, C-NOMIS was …

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  5. How Often Will a Botched ERP Implementation be used as a Bankruptcy Excuse?

    Every now and then you come across a story about an ERP project implementation being cited as the reason a company goes belly up. In early 2008, for instance, the emergency vehicle company American LaFrance blamed a poor IBM ERP system implementation as a reason it had to file for Chapter 11, and in 1998, the bankruptcy trustee for the defunct pharmaceutical distributor FoxMeyer Drugs blamed a poor Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and SAP ERP system implementation for FoxMeyer's bankruptcy and liquidation in 1996. Now there is a story …

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  6. UK £7.1bn MoD IT Project Running Late and Over Estimates

    The UK Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday released a report on Ministry of Defense's (MoD) controversial Defense Information Infrastructure (DII) program.The DII program is meant to replace hundreds of existing Ministry of Defense (MoD) computer systems with a single new system. The EDS led ATLAS consortium won a contract in March 2005 to design, install and run the project. MoD intends to have some 150,000 terminals supporting 300,000 users at more than 2,000 sites, with additional capability on deployed operations and Royal Navy ships. DII must be able to …

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  7. US Department of Veteran Affairs Shortchanged Widows for Over a Decade

    For the past 12 years apparently, the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has been shortchanging war widows of benefits that they were legally entitled to because of the VA's failure to update its computer systems. According to a story by the Associated Press, "Congress passed a law in 1996 [the Veterans' Benefits Improvements Act of 1996 (PL 104-275)] giving veterans' spouses the right to keep their partners' final month of benefits. It instructed the VA to make changes as needed to comply with the law, which took effect for spouses of veterans who died after Dec. 31, …

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  8. IT Project Blunders Plague UK Government

    The UK government has spent at least £125m on canceled IT projects alone in the past five years, according to a story in today's Computing. The figure came to light during a set of parliamentary questions posed to the government by the Conservative Party. This number seems very low if you compare it against the analysis the London Guardian conducted and published in January which found over £1,865bn spent on UK government IT projects that had been abandoned since 2000. One reason for the discrepancy is that the Department for Children Schools and …

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