Up Front Extra: Infamous computer project finally over?

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by Robert Mak

KING5.com

Posted on February 5, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Updated Sunday, Feb 5 at 11:11 PM

King County Executive Dow Constantine will announce Monday that the county's 15-year computer ordeal is finally over.

The county has tried since the late 1990s to replace its aging computer systems, spending more than $40 million dollars on a failed attempt.  The previous project failure was blamed on inexperienced managers.

Constantine restarted the project with a new team, and plans to announce at his State of the County address on Monday that they have successfully merged the accounting, personnel and payroll computer systems.

Many of those systems date back to the old King County/Metro days.  The project, started by Constantine's predecessor, will go down in county history as one of the most notorious cost overruns.

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