ALEXANDRIA, Virginia February 24, 2011 http://www.bitrixsoft.com/support/doc/white_papers.php?r1=prnw&r2=bvsb
At present, there is still wide-spread use of custom-built CMS’s to power website management, e-commerce, e-marketing and social intranet solutions. In reality, off-the-shelf software demonstrates lower TCO, lower deployment labor costs, faster add-on development and faster time-to-market compared to custom-built solutions.
Custom-built solutions entail a wide range of development and implementation risks. According to the Standish Group, in 2009 only 32% of software projects were considered to be successful while 44% were partially successful and 24% simply failed. Considered along with the limited ability to evaluate and predict the whole range of required functionality, these risks make it nearly impossible to estimate the solution’s TCO or to take into account the necessary security measures.
Importantly, the highly-publicized vendor lock-in problem clearly misleads organizations about the nature of the issue. With custom-built solutions, organizations fall into dependence on internal development teams or third-party consultants – leading to much greater continuity risks in comparison to established software vendors.
On the flip side, custom-built solutions conceal certain business drawbacks both for organizations needing CMS software, third-party consultants and web development companies. In-house development distracts resources from the core competence and makes it a rather questionable investment with recurring expenses.
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