Published: 13 June 2011
Analyst(s): Richard Watson
Every organization has a perceived software buy-versus-build policy. But one policy cannot fit all situations, and more nuanced options are available, such as borrow (open-source software [OSS]) or rent (software as a service [SaaS]). Ill-advised purchases, pet custom development, and inconsistent decision making have contributed to technical debt. What constitutes a consistent set of evaluation criteria to remove biases from the decision? In this Decision Point, Richard Watson provides guidelines for organizations that are sourcing software so that they can make form-factor decisions that match their architecture principles, requirements, and constraints.
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