Buy vs. Build
Thus far, we have been learning about building an information system from scratch. Sometimes, it is more cost-effective to buy an existing solution and adapt it to fit your or your client’s business. Please respond to the following:
- Describe a situation where a new business information system is needed. Do not repeat an example from the textbook or one that has been posted by another student.
- Explain the factors that would suggest a custom-built solution, and those favoring an off-the-shelf package.
- Which option would you recommend, and why?
- What concerns apply for this option that you would not have to worry about if you made the other choice?
In academia, facts must be verified and opinions supported, so offer a rationale that includes something you’ve learned this week. Include references as appropriate, but do not quote or paraphrase.
Discussions are an important part of your learning. Share your thoughts, suggestions, and questions with your classmates and learn from theirs. Interact just as you would in a traditional classroom. Post your initial response by Wednesday. Then, return on a couple of other days to interact with your classmates in substantive posts that further the discussion.Buy vs