Build Versus Buy – Making the Best Decision

When GEWI started developing software almost 15 years ago, the answer to this question was much simpler. There were few, if any, Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) applications that could satisfy complex project requirements.

In 2011, the answer is less clear, and requires much analysis. In order to make an informed comparison, careful consideration needs to be given to:

  • Specified problems and requirements.
  • Solution features which can solve the problems and requirements.
  • Cost of the solution, measured in time, money and risk:
    • Cost to design.
    • Cost to deploy.
    • Cost to operate.
    • Cost to maintain and support over many years.
    • Cost to easily add new features to meet future requirements.
  • Value of the solution:
    • Value of features used to meet key requirements.
    • Value of available features for additional requirements.
    • Value of planned features for future requirements.
    • Value of a working solution being usable sooner rather than later.
  • Return on investment (ROI): more value than cost over lifetime.
  • Ability to easily test, prototype, and demonstrate new ideas.
  • Solution flexibility and scalability.
  • Experience and industry knowledge.

GEWI won’t claim that "one size fits all", but we do invite you to contact us to discuss your specific project requirements. With the experience of over 125 projects from all over the world built into TIC, we have a wealth of experience and insight to share.
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