While the pipeline industry is no stranger to complex and expensive projects, the unique characteristics of a truly large software development project require a special set of considerations. Many companies are finding themselves undertaking such a project in order to manage growth, achieve efficiencies, adjust to a new business driver, or simply to replace aging legacy systems. Without the proper attention to topics such as vendor selection, off-shore resourcing, the role of the internal IT shop, testing and training, these projects are almost sure to cost more, take longer and under deliver benefits compared to the original plan and justification.

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