Top 5 reasons to buy, not build, software

Creating custom software can be helpful for certain businesses, but sometimes it’s better to purchase it directly. Tom Merritt lists five reasons why it’s better to buy, not build, software.

Software: you need it. You can’t achieve your business goals without it, and you have coders on staff. You have project managers. However, that salesperson from that big software company is telling you to just buy their product—it does seem awfully attractive. Should you do it? Here are five reasons to buy, not build, software. 

SEE: Software as a Service (SaaS): A cheat sheet (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Focus. You don’t have to make all the calls. When you buy, you can concentrate on your business without having to spend time and resources on all the maintenance and bug fixes—that’s what you pay your vendor to take care of for you.Cost. The vendor has an economy of scale spread out across all of its clients and you get the…

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