Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The eternal IT debate: Build or buy?

Should you build it or buy it? When it comes to software, this can be a difficult question. Should you buy a pre-made solution, or build a custom solution? That is the question being debated in this article.

I believe a company is better off with custom-built applications for two big reasons:

  1. It’s designed for your company
    A pre-made solution will never exactly fit any company. However, if you build a solution yourself, you can design it to do exactly what you need it to do. You have complete and total control.

  2. It will grow with you
    A pre-made solution will not grow with your company. Often, the vendor might grow it in ways you don't want to go. Sooner or later, it will need to be replaced. On the other hand, a custom built solution is easy to modify. You can continue to enhance it as your company grows.
Now, I don’t think anyone will argue against the benefits of a custom-built solution. In fact, if not for the time and money constraints, I believe every company would go this route. If you could have a custom built solution in less time and for the price (or less) of a pre-built solution, I think it’s a no-brainer.

That’s exactly what you can do with m-Power. Here's a list of various applications that can be custom built with m-Power. Want to see how it works? Try our free online lab and build a couple web applications in under an hour.


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