When do you build capabilities vs buy apps/services - what are deciding factors?

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ISSO and Director of the IRU in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees
For us it’s whether or not the apps or services someone wants to acquire can meet our federal requirements. With FEDRamp now we are starting to get a little more flexibility but it is really hard on the Federal Sector to find companies willing to meet federal requirements.
CTO in Software, 10,001+ employees
Total cost of ownership for me. What innovation will you get in the future if you buy vs. cost/business priority of doing it yourself.

I’d always prefer to buy and tweak vs. build from scratch. Don’t headaches regarding performance, scalability etc. Also predictable costs from a buy scenario.
Chief Security Officer in Software, 10,001+ employees
TCO and time are the big factors.
Director - Transformation in Software, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
TCO, time, information security, maintainability.
CIO in Consumer Goods, 11 - 50 employees
Cost, time to market, business need and alignment would be the deciding factors.
Group IT Manager Operations in Construction, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
TCO and time
Founder and Chief Technology Officer in Software, 11 - 50 employees
I use the Theory of constraints to decide it.
Senior Director in Healthcare and Biotech, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Total cost of ownership, time, and number of competitors in a particular space.
Director of Engineering, Self-employed
Would do a ROI analysis based on cost, effort & shelf life of the services required
no title, Self-employed
When capability needed doesn't exist. Or to gain a competitive advantage

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