While I agree that many millions would most likely be lost due to either failed or poor software projects, I fail to see any analysis or evidence in this article. It looks like a 5 yr old wrote it 10 minutes before press.
"- Organisations started testing earlier in 2008, with almost one quarter (24%) of respondents testing during the requirements (first) phase in their most important project."
How do you test during the requirements phase ? My opinion you should have 1-2 senior test people involved at this stage to ensure the written requirements are testable
"- More New Zealand organisations (65%) view software testing as a critical element in producing reliable software than their Australian counterparts (55%)."
In statistical terms this variance would be negligible, I wonder what the sample size was.
"- Project drivers differ between sectors, with 30% of finance/insurance companies listing increasing profitability as their major motivation, while 21% of government organisations view meeting compliance requirements as their primary driver. Telecommunications companies are focused on cost reduction, with 17% highlighting this as their biggest driver in completing software development projects."
So 70 % of Finance and Insurance don't see software increasing profits ? I doubt that !
79% of government agencies don't see compliance as a basic requirement ?
and 83% of Telco projects don't see cost reduction as a motivation ?
Sorry Phil, this article looks like Swiss cheese to me, there is very little in it I believe.