Project failure takes its toll elsewhere too, as a survey by the Economist Intelligence unit shows, while some SAP customers have shown how much success project delivery can add to an organisation's bottom line.
Catch up with these stories and all this week's news for IT directors and managers at ComputerworldUK.com.
Three must-read articles on ComputerworldUK this week:
IT consolidation project still causing pain as de-merger approaches
Late IT projects equal lower profits Half of IT projects still fail to deliver intended objectives
Error during IT testing grounded United Airlines Company planning to restore schedule to normal
Nearly nine out of 10 business intelligence projects fail to meet goals More guidance needed for users, NCC advises
Police seize 'virus writer' after 115,000 phones infected Over 20 variants of worms attack via Bluetooth
Dell lets users reject unwanted pre-installed software Move follows user complaints
TNT and NATS win with SAP Quality awards reveal no silver bullet for project success, just old fashioned rigour
UK software pirate jailed in the US Leader of underground piracy network gets 51 months
Digging deeper: Gordon Brown's challenge
Doctors debate withdrawal of co-operation from NHS computer project Concerns centre on electronic care record and Choose and book system
Brown delays procurement for ID card and passport projects 'Not quite ready yet' for controversial £5.4bn project
Microsoft security spotlight
Microsoft: We patch faster than Apple, Novell and Red Hat Claims based on counting 'days of risk'
Microsoft patches Windows XP better than Vista
Company claims Vista suffers fewer bugs