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UOP CMGT410 Week 2 Discussion Off-the-Shelf or Build in-House?

CMGT410 Project Planning and Implementation

Week 2 Discussion  

Off-the-Shelf or Build in-House?

IT projects can be based on existing, off-the-shelf software that is customized to meet the needs of the project deliverables. Or, 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 the 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.

 

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