I believe that the biggest IT myth of all time is: that there are no such things as IT projects, only business initiatives. Anyone who repeats that myth, or believes it, does not understand the world of IT.
There are genuine, pure-play, IT projects (Infrastructure renewal, data/ platform optimisation/ upgrade) that are simply a cost of doing business, like the cost of electricity, or carpeting a reception area.
Pure IT projects (like those described above) are usually only business initiatives for the vendors of the products involved, often instigated by the scheduled withdrawal of support for otherwise stable versions.
Unfortunately, I know from experience that such projects are often “bundled” in with other business initiatives, hoping to piggyback direct business benefits. Very often spurious productivity claims are made in support of the cost/ benefit analysis.
This does nothing for the integrity of those concerned.
We should be completely transparent about such costs and not try to dress them up with spurious business/ productivity benefits.
Do you agree that this is the biggest IT myth of all time? If not, what is?