The Advantage of Cobbled-Together Solutions for your Enterprise

by Erin McCune on April 16, 2008

in Technology

Sound advice from the folks at Trizle

You have two choices:

  • Option A: Build a state-of-the-art, custom-built enterprise system that integrates the works (e.g. CRM, ERP, EAM, SCM, wiki, etc.).
  • Option B: Get something up quickly. Combine many smaller pieces of independent applications, and have them communicate with each other (e.g. through their APIs, etc.).

Mr. Techno-Wizzo tells you:

Option A:

  • takes frickin' long to build (years, if ever)
  • has a humongous chance for failure
  • its modules become obsolete quickly
  • you drain revenues fast while it's under development
  • painful to tweak things as your business changes
  • if you ever finish, you'll probably outgrow many of its features

Option B:

  • quick, and flexible — can get something up freakishly soon
  • causes slight dents to your cashflow, as you get an application module up quickly to use
  • allows you to use best-of-class for every included application
  • interchangeable (e.g. a state-of-the-art applications can be integrated into the system easily and continuously)

Option B = winner! Yay! Yay! Yay!

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