Big money, big projects, big problems
Joelonsoftware.com has a thought-provoking article on big projects with large funding that have big problems and get in trouble.
[This message has been edited by testgeek (edited 09-18-2002).]
Re: Big money, big projects, big problems
Non of this surprises me.
Leagcy systems have years of operational/business rules in them that tend not to be well documented. Nerdy propellar head types tend to look at the technology, not the analytical effort that goes into these systems, and write them off. Many banks are still using legacy systems and see no reason to change.
I worked on a project where our Social Security service department (called CentreLink) still use IBM mainframes. We designed a client based tool that alowed them to have an intelligent GUI through the use of Screen identification ( as apposed to screen scraping). These old mainframe systems have 20-30 years of Welfare based Legislative changes in them and to re-engineer them would be an enormous cost just to get the technology upto date. Our system in relative terms was very cheap and maintained the old technology.