IDG Contributor Network: 5 ways to derail IT transformation projects

IDG Contributor Network: 5 ways to derail IT transformation projects

Projects involving virtualization, cloud architectures, advanced networking and cutting-edge digital technologies are critical to pushing a company into the future. As a result, missteps can be costly. Take a good idea on paper, execute it poorly, and your desire to create value will end up squandering value.

Given the complexity of IT transformation projects, there are many ways to get them wrong. If you’ve ever been called upon to assist companies stuck in the middle of such projects (as has our team, many times) it’s easy enough to identify several sure-fire ways to derail them – and corresponding ways to keep them on track. Here are five:

1. Trivialize the effort required

Have you ever sat in a meeting and heard an executive dismiss the difficulty of a project? “That sounds easy!,” he or she might say. Whether it’s a desire for the project to be completed, a lack of knowledge about the details, the planning fallacy or some other error, following that lead is a good way to set yourself up for failure.

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