Beginning an IT project includes a fundamental skill of making the best product decision for your organization. One decision to make at the beginning of your project plan is to consider options...

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Beginning an IT project includes a fundamental skill of making the best product decision for your organization. One decision to make at the beginning of your project plan is to consider options available for your deliverable.

IT projects can be based on existing, off-the-shelf software that is customized to meet the needs of the project deliverables. In other cases, IT projects can be built from the ground up, in-house. Imagine you and your colleagues are consultants who have been asked to weigh in on the custom vs. off-the-shelf question at the beginning of an IT project at a Fortune 500 company.

  • What are 2 benefits of choosing and customizing off-the-shelf software to meet your project’s needs vs. building the entire project in-house?

  • What are the drawbacks?

Consider cost, the impact on the in-house team’s development staff, the software’s ability to grow with future project requirements, and how the choice will affect project support and maintenance.


Answered Same DayApr 04, 2022

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Chirag answered on Apr 04 2022
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Choosing customization of off-shelf software over the entire project in-house will be beneficial in the following significant terms:
1. The primary software platform available for customization is already available & tested with a professional team. This can eradicate the teething trouble that we might face initially in an entire in-house project due to bugs & glitches that occur because of the lack of knowledge and expertise the in-house team can provide to develop sophisticated software compared to the Professional Developers. Then in-house team may require hiring consultants to guide the project, which we can avoid in other scenarios, so the exact cost can also be avoided.
2. The time required for integration will be comparatively lesser than the in-house project. Cost & total involvement of in-house staff will also be comparatively much lesser, proving to be cost-effective & doesn't have a considerable impact on in-house staff workload.
3. If we choose to adopt customization of off-shelf software over...
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