California ends contract with SAP over troubled IT project

February 8, 2013 from Computerworld – “California has terminated its contract with SAP in connection with a $371 million software system that was supposed to overhaul the state’s payroll system but instead ended up mired in major delays and cost overruns…

The state has paid SAP $50 million so far, and is withholding about $7 million in additional payments…”

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180 View – There is not enough information in the article to know what went wrong. But it is unbelievable that it could happen in the first place. The article includes the observation that “Despite SAP’s history with project failures, SAP has many other government customers using payroll successfully.”