Phoenix Failiing

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” – a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. Department of Public Works and Government Services - Canada Project type : New payroll system Project name : Phoenix Date : Jul 2016 Cost : $50M Synopsis : A Phoenix is supposed to rise from the flames. Instead of rising, Canada's new federal government payroll system (called Phoenix) seems to be stuck firmly in the flames. According to reports from the ...
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Los Angeles Unified School District

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” – a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. Los Angeles Unified School District - USA Project type : e-Enabled learning tools Project name : Instructional Technology Initiative Date : Apr 2015  Cost : $1.3B Synopsis : Bringing equal opportunity to students from all economic backgrounds is a noble and justifiable goal, but having a noble goal doesn't make a project any easier. The Los Angeles Unifie...
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Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” – a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services - Canada Project type : Welfare management system Project name : Social Assistance Management System (SAMS) Date : Mar 2015  Cost : $214M Synopsis : It's a narrative that journalists and popular opinion love to draw upon: government can't run projects. While such journalists are often overlooking the many ...
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British Home Office

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. British Home Office - UK Project type : Immigration controls Project name : e-Borders Date : Mar 2014  Cost : £224M Synopsis : With changing security threats, securing a country's borders has become an ever increasing priority. The United Kingdom's efforts to secure their borders has suffered a significant set back after the now cancelled 'e-Borders' proj...
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State of Oregon

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. Oregon Health Authority - USA Project type : e-Commerce marketplace Project name : Cover Oregon Date : Apr 2014  Cost : $248M Synopsis : The problems implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the USA have been well documented. Intended to expand the availability of health insurance to a larger number of people, ACA gave individual states the choice of...
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State of Minnesota

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. State of Minnesota - USA Project type : e-Commerce marketplace Project name : The Affordable Care Act - MNsure Date : Jan 2014  Cost : In the region of $150M USD Synopsis : In Oct 2013, President Obama's Healthcare.gov website caused a stir by becoming the year's biggest troubled IT project story.  What got less attention was the fact that some of the US ...
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Avon Products

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. Avon Products - Canada Project type : Product sales and ordering system Project name : The "Promise" project Date : Dec 2013  Cost : $100 to $125M Synopsis : Ding-dong - Avon calling. According to reports, a significant number of the Avon sales team in Canada will no longer be pressing any doorbells. One of the world's most established direct sales compan...
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Healthcare.gov

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. Department of Health and Human Services - USA Project type : e-Commerce marketplace Project name : The Affordable Care Act Date : Oct 2013  Cost : Unknown Synopsis : When the President of the United States has to address the issue in front of the whole nation, you know you’ve created a serious mess. The Affordable Care act of 2010 is President Obama’s sig...
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British Broadcasting Corporation

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. British Broadcasting Corporation - UK Project type : Digital archive Project name : The Digital Media Initiative Date : May 2013  Cost : £100M Synopsis : Having started operations in 1922, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is one of the world's oldest and most respected media production and broadcasting organizations. Covering both entertainment ...
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New Zealand Ministry of Education

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. Ministry of Education - New Zealand Project type : Payroll system Project name : Novopay Date : Sep 2012 - May 2013 Cost : $30M NZD Synopsis : A 2010 report by accounting firm KPMG shone a spotlight on ineffective Project Management practices in New Zealand. Reporting that a shocking 70% of organizations included in the survey had experienced a failed pro...
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