Feeds

The great ‘build versus buy’ debate

What's your view on the role of packaged applications?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Mini Poll Following our discussions earlier in the week on the pros and cons of packaged applications, the ‘build versus buy’ debate rolls on. Whether it’s ERP, CRM or other solutions for dealing with core business requirements, we’d be interested in gathering a bit more information on where you are today and how this is changing.

So, if you have a couple of minutes, please give us your feedback in the short poll below:

READER POLL: BUILD VS BUY

1. How strong are the following drivers for business application packages or suites (as opposed to custom built solutions)?

  Strong Driver   Not a Concern N/A (Packages usually don't deliver here)
  5 4 3 2 1
Speed of implementation versus custom build
Cost of implementation versus custom build
Completeness of functionality / room to grow
Encapsulation of ‘best practice’ functionality
Ongoing functional enhancement by vendor
Incorporation of current technology and ideas
Ongoing technical enhancement by vendor
Support and fixes taken care of by vendor
Availability of relevant skills base in market

2. Anything we have missing in terms of significant drivers?

 

3. What is the current mix of solution types in your organisation for delivering business functionality?

Pretty much all packaged applications
Mostly packages, some custom apps
Even mix of packaged and custom apps
Mostly custom apps, some packages
Pretty much all custom built applications
None of the above

4. If you said 'None of the above', how would you describe your application mix?

 

5. How would you categorise the following potential challenges with application packages?

  Problem with packages in general Problem in quite a few cases, so need to be aware Was a big problem in the past, but generally less of an issue today Has never been a significant issue
Complex and lengthy implementation cycles
Prescriptive functionality forcing the business to operate in a particular way
Rigid functionality difficult to adapt as business requirements change over time
Proprietary technology constraining integration, modification and/or extension
Difficulty and/or expense of acquiring and maintaining specialist skills
Too many releases, too difficult to keep up
Too few releases, so always behind the curve
Cost of licences hampering initial business case
Cost of maintenance and support representing excessive ongoing TCO burden

6. Anything we have missed in terms of significant challenges?

 

7. How many employees are there in your organisation?

More than 5,000
1,000 to 5,000
250 to 1,000
50 to 250
10 to 50
Less than 10

8. Which of the following best describes your organisation?

Industrial (manufacturing, engineering, construction, etc)
Commercial (goods based) trading (retail, distribution, etc)
Financial services (banking, insurance, etc)
Business services (legal, accounting, consulting, PR, etc)
Utilities (energy, water, telecoms)
Travel and transport
Research and education
Other (please state)

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years
Man jailed for dodgy cinema recording of Hollywood movie
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?