Keeping certain functions working — like servers working and networks up — are now part of the baseline expectation from IT. Because of this, projects are becoming more and more the measure of success or failure of an IT department, according to this article by Brent Flint. According to Flint, the outcome of projects has never been more important, and this puts an amazing amount of pressure on the CIO and the IT team. He suggests that IT leaders must understand the challenges they face and the reasons projects fail: What causes so many IT projects to flounder? There are many reasons. Managing an IT project is a juggling act. IT is always moving, changing, adapting and challenging business. IT projects fail because they’re simply harder. They include the usual project management factors, such as deadlines, budget constraints and too few people to devote to the project. But they also face unique technology challenges, from hardware, operating system, network or database woes, to security risks, interoperability issues, and the changes manufacturers make to their hardware and software configurations. IT project management is complicated further by shifting business needs and demanding stakeholders, the combination of which creates the perfect storm for project inefficiencies and failures. And the problem only intensifies as IT grows ubiquitous. In order to excel with successful project after successful project, IT leaders need to recognize that risk exists in all efforts. Having a robust project management process, along with consistent monitoring and proactive risk management helps achieve these goals while keeping your projects moving forward.