May 31 2008

Buy vs. Build

Published by at 9:01 am under Business   

A while back Joel Spolsky wrote about “Five Worlds” of software development. Over at Oasis Digital and elsewhere, I’ve been living in two of them:

  • Custom, internal software that we develop as consultants.
  • Commercial software that we develop at our expense, then sell licenses.

As a result, I’ve been thinking a lot about the relative advantage of each, from the points of view of software developers and customers. A portion of these thoughts, those on the merits of custom development from the customer perspective, are in an article (PDF) on the Oasis Digital web site.

There is a story behind how that document was created, and I’ll tell it in another post.

If you found this post useful, please link to it from your web site, mention it online, or mention it to a colleague.

No responses yet

Comments are closed.