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Weekly Recap: Why so many IT projects fail, PCs on the decline, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on why so many IT projects fails, the decline of the PC, and more. I hope you find them useful:

IT pros share blame for Shadow IT problem
While Shadow IT is a growing problem among business units, the IT department isn’t innocent. A recent survey finds that IT professionals use unauthorized SaaS apps for business…just like the business users. How can IT leaders and CIOs curtail this issue? It all starts with a simple question: Why are users opting for third-party solutions in the first place?

Why are so many IT projects failing?
A recent study reports that 50 percent of companies had an IT project fail in the last 12 months. Why? Sometimes it boils down to IT feeling overworked. Sometimes there aren’t enough resources. Other times IT just doesn’t have the appropriate tools. To read more on the topic, check out this article.

8 sure-fire ways to screw up cloud contract
As more and more businesses get into cloud computing, too many companies are getting burned by bad contracts. While the cloud can most certainly deliver value, these companies go into cloud computing without a proper understanding of its risks. How can you avoid these problems? Here are 8 questions to ask before moving to the cloud.

2013 worst year ever for PCs
Analysts predict that 2013 will end with a 10.1% drop in PC sales–the most severe year of contraction ever. As more people move towards tablets and smartphones, we’re seeing mobile devices really take a bite out of PCs. For businesses, the question is this: What are you doing about this obvious shift to mobile? Do your business applications work on any device? Those that don’t prepare now will be playing catch-up in a few years.