IDG Contributor Network: System integrator risk mitigation processes often have the opposite effect

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I’m going to go on a bit of a rant here.

I’m getting fed up with all of the IT project horror stories I have been reading and writing about. How can it be that projects continue to go wildly over budget or result in significant business disruptions but profits by systems integrators continue to rise? How is it that with fixed price contracts, modern implementation tools, and supposed sophisticated project management capabilities, clients are still getting burned?

After giving this some serious thought, I have concluded that the risk management processes proposed and implemented by most of the big SI’s are seriously flawed and likely increase (not minimize) the client’s risk profile.

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