Build Vs. Buy?
When your organization is looking for new software, do you consider Build vs. Buy? If your organization has the resources, this question is certainly one that is placed at the forefront. Do you take the time and resources to create your own solution and all the maintenance that comes with it? Or do you prefer an Off the Shelf (COTS) solution that is already available, and for the most part, ready to go.
At Alcea we have seen this again and again, organizations that “can” do it, but should they? Is it the best use of time and resources? Have you done the critical analysis to list your pros and cons of undertaking such an endeavour? Do you REALLY understand what the software actually needs to do, and did you cost it out?
With all of the cloud solutions available today, in house “building” is less attractive. As organizations try to maximize dollars and time spent on critical solutions to run their businesses, the tide is turning. Software as a Service (SaaS) is certainly more affordable and the thousands of hours needed to create a solution is already done. Upgrades and maintenance are all covered, and worrying about employee churn and the knowledge that disappears with that is no longer a concern. In fact, the Gartner Group sees the public cloud for the hosting of software applications as the fastest growing IT market in the next 10 years.
All of these questions are “must answer” questions before taking on a lifelong commitment of development, enhancements, upgrades and maintenance. Technology is changing at such an aggressive pace. Can you keep up and still focus on your core business?