CHAPTER 5

System Development

There are seemingly unlimited proposals for implementation of computer systems to aid organizations. Every time one of these proposals is adopted, it creates the need for an information systems project—to bring an application online. Project management is one of the most important developing areas in information systems. It is difficult to bring an information systems project to completion on time, within budget, and meeting specifications. There are many citations of the scope of this problem. A partner of KPMG Peat Marwick said that, on the basis of a survey of 250 companies, some 30 percent of information systems projects exceeded the original budget and time frame by at least a factor of 2, or did not conform ...

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