Oil optimists significantly depended on luck when they drilled in an area not already known to have oil — an approach called wildcatting. Nine times out of 10, they drilled a well that was a dry hole. While the oil drilling process has advanced since then, software practice has not — when it comes to selecting software that has strategic potential.
Most organizations today believe technology can help execute strategy. Unfortunately, they often end up selecting software that can’t accomplish that purpose. That is, they select nonstrategic or wrong software. With the wrong software, they launch wrong projects. Result: implementation of dozens, or in large organizations, even hundreds, of wrong software systems.