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Madison, Wis. -- A report is due this fall that will help University of Wisconsin System officials determine whether and how to proceed with an IT project that was put on hold after approximately $25 million was spent working to implement it over a five-year period. The project was determined to be fraught with problems, including a lack of good project management.

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Full article >>> d $60 million, he stressed.

The project, using a software product from St. Paul, Minn.-based Lawson Software, was initiated in order to replace the UW System's aging mainframe payroll structure, which will be obsolete within a few years. The project would offer consolidation of payroll as well as appointments and other program management fun......

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"My office was not allowed to get involved in this project, which was unusual," Meachen said.

According to Meachen, the real source of the budget over-runs was an initial desire to save money and, hopefully, make the process easier, managing the project in-house rather than bringing in outside people to coordinate it. But "sometimes you shoot yourself ......

Full article >>> s saved, for example, via a system-wide course management project and a student administration project. He estimated the cost of the course management system would be double what it now is if it remained separated among the campuses.

The success of the system's other projects makes the problems with the Appointments, Payroll and Benefits Systems project more striking, Meachen said.

Full article >>> and has suggested that the UW System may have outlived its usefulness that the state would be better off dismantling the system and going back to the independent state-run schools as they existed before 1971.

"The question with the system that we have to have a debate about, in my opinion, is whether the system is adding value or not," said Kanavas. "Because if they're not adding value ......

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'"/> By Eric Kleefeld 08/17/05

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